Electric Scooters

Department for Transport written question – answered at on 6 December 2023.

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Photo of Janet Daby Janet Daby Shadow Minister (Youth Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department will publish guidance on the use of personal light electric vehicles.

Photo of Anthony Browne Anthony Browne Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The Department has published guidance on gov.uk on powered transporters, which are otherwise known as personal light electric vehicles. It is currently illegal to use these on public roads unless they meet all the legal requirements of a motor vehicle or of an electronically assisted pedal cycle (EAPC).

The only exception is in the case of e-scooters, which may be used legally only as part of one of the rental trial schemes established by the Department across England in 2020. The Department has published guidance for local authorities, e-scooter operators and users on the conduct of e-scooter trials. Privately owned e-scooters remain illegal to use on public roads unless they meet the legal requirements of a motor vehicle.

All road users have a duty to behave in a safe, responsible manner and to follow the rules in The Highway Code.

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