Electric Scooters: Hire Services

Department for Transport written question – answered on 27th October 2021.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government why people hiring an e-scooter are required to have a valid driving licence for a motor vehicle.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government why people hiring an e-scooter are required to show (1) a passport, or (2) other approved identity, when this is not a requirement for those hiring electric cycles.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the difference between (1) the locations where e-scooters are permitted to be ridden, and (2) locations where electric or non-electric cycles are allowed to be ridden.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government how many cyclists who do not have a vehicle driving licence participate in e-scooter trials.

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

In the UK, e-scooters are classed in law as a type of motor vehicle, therefore, all users of e-scooters in approved rental trial areas are required to hold a driving licence (a provisional as a minimum).

When hiring an e-scooter, the user is required to demonstrate that they are eligible to ride and do so by showing relevant identification.

E-scooters in approved rental trial areas are permitted in geographical areas agreed between the local authority, operator and the Department. They are permitted on roads and in cycle lanes within that area but not on the pavement. Local authorities and operators are able to add additional local controls, using geofencing technology, to exclude e-scooters from places considered inappropriate for their use, such as pedestrianised areas. Shared bike and electric bike schemes in England are largely unregulated and are able to operate across a larger geographical area.

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