Bicycles: Hire Services

Department for Transport written question – answered on 20th April 2017.

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Photo of Daniel Zeichner Daniel Zeichner Shadow Minister (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make it his policy to require dockless bike sharing companies to be licensed.

Photo of Daniel Zeichner Daniel Zeichner Shadow Minister (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to regulate dockless bike sharing schemes.

Photo of Andrew Jones Andrew Jones Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

As this type of bicycle sharing scheme is a relatively new concept in the UK the Department for Transport does not currently have a policy on the regulation or licensing of dockless bicycle sharing companies. However, shared bicycles are subject to the same legal requirements and byelaws that already exist regarding bicycle standards and parking. The potential growth of this style of scheme means that this is an area that the Department is monitoring with interest.

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