E-Scooters (1)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 9th February 2022.

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Photo of Neil Garratt Neil Garratt Conservative

What representations have you made to the Government regarding the new regulations you believe would be necessary should private e-scooters be legalised?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

Transport for London (TfL) has engaged with the Department for Transport (DfT) throughout the preparation, launch and operational delivery of the e-scooter rental trial, and continues to do so. TfL has sought throughout to ensure that, in considering future regulation relating to these vehicles, priority is given to:

a) Introducing evidence-based controls to ensure safe construction standards and steer good rider behaviour; b) Equipping city authorities to shape the future rental market; and c) Providing a clear and consistent position for the police.

While TfL’s main operational experience is of rental e-scooters, it is vital that safety is central to any future Government plans to legalise privately owned e-scooters too. These vehicles are often poorly built compared to the rental models, and decisions are required on key matters pertaining to their use such as vehicle registration, licensing and insurance requirements, as well as robust standards for vehicle construction. All decisions relating to future legislation and/or regulations rest initially with DfT, and ultimately with Parliament.