Electric Scooters: Safety

Department for Transport written question – answered on 20th April 2022.

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Photo of Lord Berkeley Lord Berkeley Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by PACTS The Safety of Private E-scooters in the UK, published on 19 March; and what steps they will take in response to its recommendations on the safety of e-scooters.

Photo of Lord Berkeley Lord Berkeley Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish the data from the e-scooter trials before reaching conclusions on their policy on e-scooters.

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

The Department for Transport recognises the need to address concerns relating to e-scooter safety. My officials are in regular contact with PACTS and we are considering options for how best to regulate e-scooters to improve safety and crack down on their illegal use.

These options are being informed by evidence from national trials of rental e-scooters and wider sources, including data from STATS19, international comparisons, academic studies and the PACTS reports. A report summarising findings from the evaluation of e-scooter trials is due to be published in late spring 2022.

The Department will consult on new regulations for e-scooters before any are introduced. However, as primary legislation will be required, we cannot commit to a more specific timetable.

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