Electric Vehicles: Regulation

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

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Photo of Geraint Davies Geraint Davies Independent, Swansea West

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of giving powers to the Mayor of London to control the use of e-bikes and e-scooters.

Photo of Guy Opperman Guy Opperman Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The Mayor already has powers to determine whether e-scooter trials can take place in London and he has permitted a number of these to take place since June 2021. Transport for London administers the trials in participating boroughs with the scheme operators, and enforcement of the illegal use of e-scooters is a matter for the police.

E-cycles can be used legally on public roads providing that they comply with the Electrically Assisted Pedal Cycle regulations, which, among other things, limit their power and speed. Enforcement of the illegal use of e-cycles in London and elsewhere is a matter for the police, and local authorities have powers to remove rental e-cycles where they are causing an obstruction.

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