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eScooter Law in UK

Electric scooters became legal on Public Roads in England, Scotland and Wales on Saturday 4 July 2020 if obtained through a share scheme. The eScooters will be limited to travelling at 15.5mph and banned on pavements. Riders will need to be aged 16 or over and have a full or provisional driving licence.

The popularity of eScooters has been combined with an increase in walking and cycling. At their highest during lockdown, cycling levels were 300 per cent above normal. E-scooter riders can capitalise on this change in the future by providing what many see as a cheap, fast and sustainable mode of transport in our cities and rural areas.

They can be seen as part of a growing interest in micromobility – short-distance transport options like bike-share schemes – and active travel. They provide a mode of travel that can complement and be combined with walking, cycling and public transport.

E-scooters have already become popular in cities such as Lisbon as a fast and cheap way of exploring the city. Paris saw an influx of e-scooters in 2018. Their key attraction has been their accessibility and low environmental impact in comparison to some other modes of travel.

This new legislation may soon lead to the legalisation of private e-scooter riding. The future is certainly looking bright for this new form of travel and the trials will help us fully understand their value.