Electric scooter trials to begin in the UK this weekend

Posted: July 2, 2020 by oldbrew in Travel

Image credit: BIRD

Who will be busier – the police or the hospitals?
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Electric scooter rental start-ups have been lobbying the Government to change transport laws since 2018, says The Daily Telegraph.

The Government has approved plans for trials of electric scooters to begin on the UK’s roads from July 4, clearing the way for scooter rental companies to start offering their services across the country.

The Department for Transport announced new rules on Tuesday which will govern local trials of the scooters starting from this weekend.

Local authorities across the country are now expected to begin operating scooter trials in partnership with a number of scooter rental companies which have been lobbying the Government for years.

Although the rules are widely flouted, the use of privately owned electric scooters on public highways remains illegal in the UK.

Anyone riding a private scooter on UK roads risks receiving a £300 fixed penalty notice and six points on their driving licence.

Full article here.

  1. oldbrew says:

    From the official rules:
    ‘There is no specially-designed legal regime for powered transporters. This means that they are covered by the same laws and regulations that apply to all motor vehicles.’

    ‘It is an offence to use powered transporters on the pavement.’

    ‘In addition, powered transporters are forbidden from using footpaths.’

    ‘Powered transporters are prohibited from using cycle tracks, cycle lanes on roads, or other spaces dedicated to pedal cycle use only.’
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    Let’s see how that goes.

  2. saighdear says:

    I understand the logic about only using RENTED scooters …… someone’s done a good bit of Lobbing ( brown envelopes) in the corridors

  3. wyzelli says:

    Does the failure of these in so many other jurisdictions not warrant any attention?

  4. johnd2008 says:

    Good luck with that. We have had them here in Dunedin in NZ for some time and they are a real menace.Used on a footpath they are a danger to pedestrians and on the roads or cycleways are a danger to themselves They were taken off the roads during the lockdown and it was a pleasure not having to watch for them..

  5. tallbloke says:

    So these things are going to be where? On the outside of cycle lanes, dangling into the car traffic? Using tiny wheels which disappear down potholes?

    This is nuts.

  6. ivan says:

    Stupid is as stupid does!

  7. Dave Ward says:

    “Powered transporters are prohibited from using cycle tracks, cycle lanes on roads, or other spaces dedicated to pedal cycle use only”

    Then why are electric bikes allowed? What’s the difference – both have similar top speeds.

  8. MrGrimNasty says:

    The problem with e-scooters and e-bikes is that the restrictions are easily flouted – I’ve been taken from behind by a scooter on the pavement doing at least 25-30mph, and a ‘cyclist’ on the pavement travelling into a headwind on the flat faster than the cars on the adjacent 40mph road (complete with empty cycle lane!) without pedaling once. Predictably there will be lots of accidents and yet car/lorry drivers will be blamed somehow.

    I guess if rental scooters are easily identifiable as such, the power-level of scooters on the street can also be controlled better.


    The police have already chosen not to enforce the illegality of pavement cycling (however reckless/fast) and they are already ignoring e-scooter use on road and pavement.

    From what I gather in trials in other countries they just put more pedestrians on the road, they don’t reduce traffic, and A&E is very busy.

  9. nessimmersion says:

    I heard the scooters were perfectly safe as long as a muzzle is worn whilst operating one.

  10. oldbrew says:

    Credit: fortune.com
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    ‘Powered transporters are prohibited from using cycle tracks, cycle lanes on roads, or other spaces dedicated to pedal cycle use only.’

    Seems a pointless rule when few of them are busy.

  11. Kelvin Vaughan says:

    One shot past me the other day. No protection for the rider. It looked very dangerous going at the speed it was.

  12. MrGrimNasty says:

    Oldbrew, it will be legal to use rental e-scooters in permitted locations i.e. especially the road/bike lanes I assume. Legislation will be passed/amended as necessary for the purposes of the trial.


    Of course this will result in a free-for-all with every idiot riding their personal over-powered e-scooters anywhere they like and the police will continue to ignore.

    Even fatal accidents will make no difference, ‘green’ policies have a moral imperative/superiority.

    A bike/pedestrian mixing scheme in my town has 2 pedestrian fatalities to its credit and dozens of injuries, never mind all the intimidation/harassment/abuse of pedestrians who are supposed to still have priority. After the 1st death they suspended the scheme, after the 2nd they just carried on as usual.

  13. Gamecock says:

    Strange that rentals allowed, personally owned not. And if there were to actually be enforcement, how could coppers tell the difference?

    “After the 1st death they suspended the scheme, after the 2nd they just carried on as usual.”

    Yes. First was a tragedy. Second was a statistic.

  14. oldbrew says:

    The rules are here…

    Extract: There are 2 requirements in primary legislation that we are not amending for trials. First, e-scooters in trials are required to be covered by a motor vehicle insurance policy, by their provider. Secondly, e-scooter users are required to have a driving licence in some form.

    But after trials they may be treated the same as e-bikes.

  15. Coeur de Lion says:

    Gov statement ludicrously linked to coronavirus and ‘social distancing’. Will hard hats and insurance be compulsory ? Where I live mad Tour de France silent maniacs in lycra, dark glasses, crash hats speeding up behind are already a bloody menace.

  16. More pandering to minorities; in this case rental companies. The roads and pavements are bad enough with cyclists, without legalizing the use of these toys.

  17. Russ Wood says:

    Wayyy back in the 1970’s, I was using my 50cc moped (with pedals, to make it legal) on cycle tracks on UK main roads. Back in the 1930’s, a number of cities building inter-city roads, ring roads, or bypasses, built them with cycle lanes, isolated from the main traffic by a raised, grassed island. Liverpool, my home town, had lots of such 2½ lane roads around it. So, I would assume that cycles with power assistance (because legally, that’s what mopeds were) are STILL legal on cycle tracks. Scooters – I’m not so sure!

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