Electric Scooters: Pedestrian Areas

Department for Transport written question – answered at on 12 January 2023.

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Photo of Stephen Doughty Stephen Doughty Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and International Development)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department plans to take steps to bring forward further regulations to help tackle the dangerous use of e-scooters in (a) pedestrianised areas and (b) on pavements.

Photo of Jesse Norman Jesse Norman Minister of State (Department for Transport)

The use of e-scooters in pedestrianised areas and on the pavement is illegal under current legislation, and the Government has no plans to change this. As the Department develops regulations for e-scooters, it is determined to protect vulnerable road users by making users accountable for their actions and improving compliance with the rules. This work is informed by lessons learnt from trials, where measures have been put in place to improve rider training and require that e-scooters have a bell or a horn so that they are audible.

Enforcement is a matter for the police. The Department for Transport has been in regular contact with the National Police Chiefs’ Council, who are developing a national strategy for enforcing the law around e-scooters to encourage a uniform approach to the issue. It will consult before any new arrangements come into force, and all interested parties will have a chance to shape the new regime.

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