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Are Electric Scooters Now Legal?

Are Electric Scooters Now Legal?

Electric scooters (e-scooters) have exploded in popularity across the UK in previous years and there are plenty of reasons why. The main advantages include greener travel when compared to a car or motorbike and they are less strenuous than walking or cycling. Also, their relatively cheap price point attracts a wider range of potential customers.


Despite being seen regularly on the streets of our major towns and cities, there is still a lot of confusion surrounding the legality of e-scooters. At this time, all privately owned electric scooters are only to be used on private land and it is only the council-backed rental electric scooters that are legal subject to certain restrictions.


In this article we aim to clear up any uncertainty around e-scooter legislation, discuss the current laws and outline the updates that are going to be put in place soon by the UK government.

 


Privately Owned Electric Scooters Are Set To Be Legalised


On the 10th of May 2022, the government announced in the Queen’s Speech, that electric scooters are set to be legalised. However, it is expected to be at least another 12 months before the Transport Bill is passed through Government and therefore the laws will be amended.


Baroness Vere of Norbiton, a parliamentary under-secretary of state in the Department for Transport, said that "safety is at the heart" of the proposed new rules. She has also stated that the Bill would be used to create a new “low-speed, zero-emission vehicle category". 


This would see electric scooters viewed in a new class of motorised vehicle alongside other personal electric vehicles. She added: "New powers would allow the Government to decide the vehicles that fall into this new category in future and how they should be regulated to make sure that they are safe to use."


She said that electric scooters should be the first personal electric vehicle to join this new classification of vehicles and then this will "allow the Government to decide the vehicles that fall into this new category in future and how they should be regulated to make sure that they are safe to use."

 


Electric Scooter Popularity will continue to rise


Commenting on the popularity of electric scooters, Baroness Vere of Norbiton said “new rules are needed to improve safety and crack down on illegal use while unlocking innovation and growth in this emerging multi-billion pound industry."


Regulations determining the legal specification of electric scooters are set to be announced as part of the Transport Bill. Similarly to electric bikes that have a 250W maximum motor capability, e-scooters will likely have certain legal requirements to be able to be ridden in public legally. These regulations may follow the example of the current rental scooters which are limited to 15.5mph and have automatic lights as safety features.


This will all be revealed when the Transport Bill is announced and new innovation will emerge from electric scooter manufacturers to fit in with the legislation. 


We will keep the details of the legislation updated on our website and you can always contact us for further information - info@pedalandchain.co.uk .



Join The Electric Movement


These recent updates bolster the opinion that personal electric vehicles are here to stay and are fast becoming one of the most exciting upcoming transport methods going. 


You can shop our range of electric scooters HERE and find your new favourite way to travel and commute.

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