Travel: Disability

Department for Transport written question – answered on 28th June 2021.

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Photo of Rachael Maskell Rachael Maskell Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to e-scooter pilot projects, what steps he is taking to ensure that accessible forms of active travel are piloted and available to disabled people.

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

I have taken a keen interest in the trials and how e-scooters may affect those with disabilities and accessibility needs.

As e-scooters have the potential to offer an additional means of transport, we did allow seated e-scooters within the scope of the trials to enable people with certain mobility issues to use them. However, local authorities control how the trials run in their areas and appoint e-scooter operators and none of the local authorities or operators involved have chosen to trial a seated e-scooter model. One e-scooter operator is planning to trial a device adapted from an e-scooter to give wheelchair users access to the experience of using an e-scooter and will share results with the Department.

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