Electric Vehicles: Speed Limits

Department for Transport written question – answered on 25th October 2021.

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

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 20 September (HL2628), what plans they have, if any, to introduce speed limits for electric bikes and electric scooters.

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

The Government does not at this point have any plans to introduce speed limits for electric bikes. Decisions on electric scooters will be taken in the light of evidence from national trials.

E-scooters being used legally in a trial must have a maximum design speed not exceeding 15.5mph. Some trial areas have set lower maximum design speeds for electric scooters being used in the trials in their area.

An electrically assisted pedal cycle electric motor must have a maximum power output of 250 watts, and should not be able to propel the bike when it is travelling more than 15.5mph.

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