Electric Scooters: Road Traffic Offences

Department for Transport written question – answered on 11th February 2022.

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Photo of Lord Rogan Lord Rogan Deputy Chairman of Committees, Deputy Speaker (Lords)

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 7 February (HL5872), what plans they have to make causing death by dangerous riding of an e-scooter a criminal offence.

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

The Department for Transport is considering options for how best to regulate e-scooters. New measures being considered will include applicable offences.

Currently, e-scooters are classed as a type of mechanically propelled vehicle under the Road Traffic Act 1988. This means that the offence of causing death by dangerous driving could currently apply to people riding e-scooters, although this is a matter for enforcement authorities and the courts. The Department has no plans to remove e-scooters from the classification of mechanically propelled vehicles.

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