Electric Vehicles

Department for Transport written question – answered on 8th January 2019.

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Photo of Baroness Randerson Baroness Randerson Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Transport)

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential contribution of electric scooters to a reduction in air pollution; and whether they plan to introduce legislation to enable the use of electric scooters on public roads or pavements.

Photo of Baroness Sugg Baroness Sugg Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The Government recognises the public’s interest in, and the potential environmental value of, e-scooters. But it is also under an obligation to ensure that they are built and can be operated safely, both for their riders and for other road users. Whilst e-scooters can be used on private property (with the landowner’s permission), in general it is illegal to ride them on the road. This includes in cycle lanes, or tracks, or on the pavement.

The Department for Transport ran a Call for Evidence in 2018 as part of the Future of Mobility Grand Challenge, which closed on 10 September 2018. It is now considering next steps on this issue, and is working to define the scope of a Regulatory Review looking at how the UK can take full advantage of this and other changes in technology. The scope of the review will be set out later this year.

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