By Mark T Connor • 03 July 2020 • 15:06
However, they are currently banned from UK roads and pavements. From July 4, local areas will be able to run e-scooter rental trials, for use on roads, cycle lanes and tracks only, for up to 12 months.
While it is legal to buy or sell an e-scooter (classed as a battery-powered personal transport device), riding them on public roads, pavements or cycle lanes is against the law. Riders could face a £300 fine and six points on their licence if they use them on public roads or pavements. Riding e-scooters on private land is legal with the landowner’s permission.
Views differ on the potential benefits and problems presented by e-scooters. Some believe that they offer solutions to a wide range of transport policy goals (such as reducing pollution, congestion), while others believe that they are potentially dangerous and may undermine messaging about active travel and green transport. Three of the key issues are:
From July 4, 2020, local areas in England, Scotland and Wales will be able to undertake 12-month e-scooter rental trials, provided they meet DfTs (Department of Transport), requirements. During the trials:
The trials will be used will to inform future government policy and possible legislative change.
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