{meta} Decision - DfT E-Scooter Trial in Salford - Extension

Decision details

Decision Maker: Property / Regeneration Briefing

Decision status: Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


Salford City Council - Record of Decision


I, Councillor Tracy Kelly, Deputy City Mayor, in exercise of the powers contained within the Salford City Council constitution do hereby:

1.    Note the success of the salford e-scooter trial to date, evidenced by high levels of use, low levels of anti-social behaviour and vandalism

2.    Note that development work is underway at a greater manchester level to understand what a longer-term e-scooter hire scheme may look like in the region beyond the current trials, subject to future legalisation of e-scooters.

3.    Approve an extension to the trial until 31 march 2022 to match the department for transport’s extended e-scooter trial period.

4.    Approve the additional phase 4 area for the e-scooter trial.


The Reasons are Trial zones for rental e-scooters were brought forward by the Department of Transport (DfT) in 2020 to test the concept. Salford City Council has been facilitating a pilot since October 2020, through the operator Lime Scooters.


The DfT have recently announced that councils that are currently operating authorised e-scooter trials can apply for an extension to 31 March 2022. This decision allows an extension to the trial to 31 March 2022 as well as the inclusion of a new area to link up Salford Royal Hospital with the existing trial areas, providing a larger area for the remainder of the trial.


Assessment of Risk: Low - this is an extension of the existing trial, the risk for which has been previously assessed and has not had any negative implications for Salford City Council in the first year of operation.


Source of funding:  Trial costs and any costs incurred by SCC are covered by the operator (Lime).


Legal Advice obtained: Tony Hatton, Principal Solicitor, / Richard Purcell, Principal Solicitor; And Paul Haley (Legal Highways Team) in respect of the highways and traffic advice


Procurement Advice Obtained: Anthony Hilton - Strategic Head of Procurement


Financial Advice obtained:  Natalie Birchall - Finance Officer


HR Advice obtained: Yes by Lime


Climate Change Advice obtained: Andrew Fisher –

Sustainable Travel Co-ordinator



The following documents have been used to assist the decision process:


  • Report to Property/Regeneration Briefing - 11 October 2021
  • Salford Rental E-Scooter Trial: Briefing Report - 28 September 2020


Contact Officer:  Andrew Fisher,

Sustainable Travel Co-Ordinator        Tel No 0161 779 6103


This decision is not subject to consideration by another Lead Member /Strategic Director

The appropriate scrutiny committee to call-in the decision is the Growth and Prosperity Scrutiny Panel.


Signed: Councillor Tracy Kelly

Deputy City Mayor

Date: 11 October 2021      



This decision was published on Monday 11 October 2021.

This decision will come in force at 4.00 pm on Monday 18 October 2021 unless it is called-in in accordance with the Decision-Making Process Rules.


Publication date: 11/10/2021

Date of decision: 11/10/2021

Decided at meeting: 11/10/2021 - Property / Regeneration Briefing

Date comes into force if not called in: 19/10/2021

Call-in deadline date: 18/10/2021

Current call-in Count: 0

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