Bicycles: Hire Services

Department for Transport written question – answered at on 22 November 2017.

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Photo of Stephen Morgan Stephen Morgan Labour, Portsmouth South

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what powers local authorities in England have to regulate bike share schemes within their boundaries.

Photo of Jesse Norman Jesse Norman Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

There are no specific powers relating to bike-share schemes, however shared bicycles are subject to the same legal requirements and byelaws as other bicycles, and local authorities have powers to act if they are causing an obstruction or nuisance. The Department is discussing with various stakeholders the possible need for an agreed consistent national standard for bike share schemes to help ensure that they are introduced and managed appropriately.

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