The Government has confirmed it will explore regulations around new types of vehicles, including e-scooters and e-cargo bike trailers, as part of a review into urban mobility.
Published on 19 March, ‘the biggest review into transport in a generation’ is designed to pave the way for ‘transforming the way people and goods move’ around UK cities, such as London.
Under current UK law, it is illegal to use a powered transporter – such as an e-scooter – on a public road or other prohibited space, including pavements and cycle lanes.
However, the DfT says it is ‘essential’ that people have the chance to make the most of ‘small mobility devices’ in a way that is ‘safe for both the users of these new vehicles and road users more generally’.
The review will also explore how sharing data can improve services by reducing congestion, and how journey planning and payment can be simplified.
Jesse Norman, road safety minister, said:
“We are at a potentially pivotal moment for the future of transport, with revolutionary technologies creating huge opportunities for cleaner, cheaper, safer and more reliable journeys.
“Through this strategy the Government aims to take advantage of these innovations; connecting more people and bringing big benefits we hope for both the economy and the environment.”
The Government has also launched a £90m competition for up to four new ‘future mobility zones’, designed to test ideas to improve journeys across the country.
20 March 2019