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Government launches e-scooters inquiry

Posted on in Cycles News , Political News

The Transport Committee has launched an inquiry to explore the safety and legal implications of electric scooters, their impact on congestion, and potential contribution to reducing the UK's greenhouse gas emissions, ahead of the Government's obligations to reach net zero by 2050.

The UK is the last major European economy where e-scooters are banned everywhere except on private land (with the landowner's permission).

In the UK, e-scooters are classified as a ‘powered transporter' and are covered by laws that apply to all motor vehicles, including the requirements of the Road Traffic Act 1988 on road tax and technical safety standards. The Committee's inquiry will consider whether e-scooters should be permitted on roads, cycles lanes and/or pavements, noting that any change in the law would require primary legislation.

The Transport Committee's short inquiry on this emerging policy area will complement a consultation launched by the Department for Transport on micromobility vehicles.


The Chair of the Transport Committee, Huw Merriman MP, said:

"Electric scooters could be a useful lever to reduce our transport carbon footprint but their environmental credentials have yet to be proven. These ‘powered transporters' could reduce the amount of time we spend in cars and reduce congestion but we don't want to score an own goal by encouraging the use of micromobility vehicles instead of walking and cycling.

"Road safety is a significant consideration. We must consider the dangers to other road users and especially pedestrians with visual impairments or those who use mobility aids and rely on clear pavements. Safety must also be a factor for riders of e-scooters.

"We'd like to hear from manufacturers about the design and build of e-scooters. The public may have views on whether there should be specific vehicle or user requirements. Are e-scooters something good and positive which will take traffic off the road - one part of what the Department for Transport describes as a ‘transport revolution'? Let's see if those who respond to our inquiry agree."

 

The inquiry is currently accepting evidence

The Transport Committee are welcoming submissions from anyone with answers to the questions in the call for evidence. The committee is calling for written evidence on:

  • whether the legislation for e-scooters is up to date and appropriate;
  • to what extent e-scooters have positive benefits, for instance relating to congestion and promoting more sustainable forms of transport;
  • where in the urban environment e-scooters could be used (e.g. road, pavement, cycle lanes), and how this could impact on other road users and pedestrians, including people who have visual impairments or use mobility aids;
  • whether there should be advice or compulsory requirements to use specific safety equipment when using an e-scooter;
  • whether there should be safety and environmental regulation for the build of e-scooters, and what this might entail; and
  • the experience of other countries where e-scooters are legal on the roads.
You can submit evidence here from now until Tuesday 2 June 2020.
 

The ACT stance

The ACT stance is to encourage e-scooter responsibility among the wider cycling industry. Whilst there is an obvious opportunity for IBDs to start selling e-scooters, until the government announces a regulation change it is crucial for retailers to be aware of the law and they must relay this to any buyers of e-scooters to ensure safety. It is important the industry provides, and is seen to provide, clear advice to consumers at the point of sale about where e-scooters may be legally used. Read the full ACT stance on e-scooters here.

Reader Comments (2)

I see many young people riding e-scooters in the road and on the pavements. They are mostly ridden by young and very you males who go too fast, They server around pedestrians, they ignore traffic lights and are generally used in a dangerous and careless way. I’m sure they are fun and cheap to use, but with no brakes, no lights, and young men freely whizzing about on them they are definitely dangerous. If they are legalised, I hope the person making that decision or their family is not involved in an accident that involves one.

Stuart Conway, 2 May 2020

This is a great idea, especially in cities and towns. The time has come to stop the reliance on petrol/diesel driven vehicles and move peoples perceptions to a new system. As we have all been locked down during the passed weeks the air quality has significantly improved, and we should keep it as it is now. The only down side is that regulation to speeds, (20mph is fast enough in my book) and where these can be ridden/driven. Should we combine them with cycles, or cars? I think an improved cycle way system is the answer, but with more controls so that it is, and must be, used by all cyclists, scooterists and any one else on any electrically propelled vehicle.

Dominic Vigni, 2 May 2020

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