The Government has confirmed it will consult on the use of e-scooters, as part of the ‘biggest review of transport laws in a generation’.
Announced on 16 March, transport minister Grant Shapps says emerging technologies are ‘ripping up the rulebook and changing the way people and goods move forever’.
The e-scooter consultation will look at the requirements for both e-scooters and those using them, to make sure they are safe for use on roads.
This includes a minimum age and vehicle standards as well as insurance requirements. The review will also consider if local authorities should have extra powers to manage the impacts of e-scooters on public space, for example where they can be parked.
Under current UK law, it is illegal to use a powered transporter – such as an electric scooter – on a public road or other prohibited space, including pavements and cycle lanes.
Grant Shapps, transport secretary, said: “We are on the cusp of a transport revolution. Emerging technologies are ripping up the rulebook and changing the way people and goods move forever.
“Our groundbreaking future of transport programme marks the biggest review of transport laws in a generation and will pave the way for exciting new transport technology to be tested, cementing the UK’s position as a world-leading innovator.
“This review will ensure we understand the potential impacts of a wide range of new transport modes such as e-scooters, helping to properly inform any decisions on legalisation.”
20 March 2020