Electric Scooters: Regulation

Department for Transport written question – answered at on 7 December 2023.

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Photo of The Bishop of St Albans The Bishop of St Albans Convenor of the Lords Spiritual

To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to strengthen the regulation of e-scooters and e-bikes following the 1,080 collisions and 7 deaths in the 12 months to June.

Photo of Lord Davies of Gower Lord Davies of Gower Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The law is already clear, private e-scooters are illegal to use on public roads, cycle lanes or pavements and rental e-scooters may only be used within trial areas run by the Department. A range of motoring offences and penalties also already apply for using an e-scooter illegally and/or irresponsibly. Users can face criminal prosecution, a fixed penalty notice, points on their driving licence, and the e-scooter can be impounded.

The Department intends to consult on proposals for e-scooter regulations in due course and is progressing research to fill wider evidence gaps.

There are already regulations in place which govern the use of e-bikes on the public highway. All road users have a duty to behave in a safe, responsible manner and to follow the rules in The Highway Code. Enforcement is a matter for the police.

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