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Electric Scooters

Department for Transport written question – answered on 6th June 2019.

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Photo of Tulip Siddiq Tulip Siddiq Labour, Hampstead and Kilburn

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans the Government has to review the adequacy of legislation on the use of battery-assisted micro-scooters on public highways.

Photo of Michael Ellis Michael Ellis Minister of State (Department for Transport)

We recognise that people want to take advantage of the opportunities electric scooters can offer. We are committed to encouraging innovation in transport as well as improving road safety, but new modes of transport must be safe and secure by design. Whilst e-scooters can be used on private property (with the landowner’s permission), in general it is currently illegal to ride them on the road. This includes on cycle lanes, or tracks, or on the pavement.

The Future of Mobility: Urban Strategy, published on 19 March 2019 includes a Regulatory Review to address the challenges of ensuring our transport infrastructure and regulation are fit for the future. One strand of this will look at options for enabling micromobility devices, and a consultation will be issued in due course.

The Strategy can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/future-of-mobility-urban-strategy

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