Electric Scooters

Department for Transport written question – answered on 22nd March 2022.

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Photo of Owen Thompson Owen Thompson SNP Chief Whip

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of re-classifying e-scooters from motorised transport under section 185 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 on (a) road safety and (b) net zero emissions targets.

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

The Department for Transport is considering options for how best to regulate e-scooters. This includes assessing whether they should continue to be classified as a type of motor vehicle or if a new legislative framework is needed. Evidence to inform this assessment is being gathered through trials of rental e-scooters and wider data sources. Findings from the national evaluation of trials will be included in a final report due later this year.

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