Electric Scooters: Pedestrian Areas

Department for Transport written question – answered at on 2 March 2021.

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Photo of Tulip Siddiq Tulip Siddiq Shadow Minister (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to prohibit adults from using e-scooters on pavements.

Photo of Rachel Maclean Rachel Maclean Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

It is illegal to use an e-scooter on the public highway – including pavements - anywhere outside of a government endorsed e-scooter trial area. Enforcement is a matter for the police. Within trial areas e-scooters must not be used on pavements and following feedback at the start of the trials we have asked operators to use geo-fencing to help tackle pavement riding and other anti-social behaviour. We have also asked local areas and operators to ensure that users are made fully aware of the rules and that trials are launched and managed in a controlled way.

Local authorities run the trials and are able to control how the trials run in their areas. This includes limiting the number e-scooters that are available, prohibiting them from some areas, and specifying where they should be parked or docked. E-scooter operators can also use their technology to minimise the impacts of e-scooters and make sure they are used legally.

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