Electric Scooters: Pedestrian Areas

Department for Transport written question – answered on 28th September 2020.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to encourage members of the public to perform citizens’ arrests if they witness dangerous use of e-scooters on pavements.

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

Trials of e-scooters must find the correct balance between maximising the benefits they offer and keeping pedestrians and road users safe. We are working with local authorities and e-scooter operators to ensure compliance with legal requirements, that the rules of operation are understood and that local Police officers are fully aware of their enforcement powers if they are needed. Operators are deploying staff to help instruct users in the safe operation of e-scooters as well as offering digital training to all new users, and we will expect them to act on feedback from the public about how scooters are used.

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