Electric Scooters

Department for Transport written question – answered on 28th July 2022.

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Photo of Lord Young of Cookham Lord Young of Cookham Deputy Chairman of Committees

To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the increase in the number of privately owned e-scooters in the UK in (1) 2020, (2) 2021, and (3) 2022.

Photo of Lord Young of Cookham Lord Young of Cookham Deputy Chairman of Committees

To ask Her Majesty's Government what studies they have commissioned on the safety of private e-scooters, outside of trials.

Photo of Lord Young of Cookham Lord Young of Cookham Deputy Chairman of Committees

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to release the data from the e-scooter trials in England.

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

Alongside the national evaluation of the e-scooter trials, we are continuing to gather wider evidence on the safety of private e-scooters, including through DfT official statistics (such as STAT19), social behavioural research, as well as by following research conducted by external bodies. The findings report from the evaluation, and underlying datasets, are due to be published later this year.

Based on findings from the Department’s Transport and Technology Tracker, we estimate that as of June 2021 roughly 750,000 individuals aged 16+ owned a private e-scooter in England – we do not have data for the whole of the UK, or data for 2022 currently.

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