A RIDER rolls along the streets using an e-scooter as part of a new trial in Newcastle.
The city has introduced 250 Neuron scooters for rent as part of a year long scheme.
Yesterday saw Geordies driving up to 15mph on the bright orange electric vehicles.
Adults can unlock them for a pound – and they cost 18p per minute using the an app.
There will be free passes for NHS staff and emergency service workers, Nueron said.
And the first three months will see commuters offered free riders between 5am and 9am.
The scooters, which require a provisional driving licence, also voice safety instructions.
Each machine is fitted with “topple detection” so the operator will know if one has been dumped on its side.
They each come with a unique number plate and are tracked by Newcastle City Council.
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The authority wants local residents to try using alternative transport to cut carbon emissions.
Snow and ice delayed the launch of the scheme by 24 hours on Monday.
A bike hire scheme in Newcastle was scrapped two years ago after a number were set on fire and thrown in the River Tyne.
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