Electric Scooters

Department for Transport written question – answered on 23rd February 2022.

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Photo of Gill Furniss Gill Furniss Shadow Minister (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of trends in the number of privately owned e-scooters being used on public property; and what steps he is taking to ensure the safety of pedestrians and road users.

Photo of Trudy Harrison Trudy Harrison Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The Department estimates that 750,000 private e-scooters are owned across England based on survey results from the DfT Transport Technology Tracker. While trials are running, privately-owned e-scooters used on public property remain illegal. Officials have been in regular contact with the National Police Chiefs’ Council who have developed a national strategy for tacking the illegal use of e-scooters (both private use and illegal use in trial areas – e.g. pavement and twin riding) to ensure a more uniform approach, but it is not our intention to provide guidance to the police. We are considering further options for how best to regulate e-scooters and crack down on their illegal use. New measures being considered will be designed to create a ​much clearer, fit for purpose and fully enforceable regime for e-scooters and other micromobility vehicles.

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