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Bicycles: Hire Services

Question for Department for Transport

UIN 69722, tabled on 29 March 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make it his policy to require dockless bike sharing companies to be licensed.

Answered on

20 April 2017

As this type of bicycle sharing scheme is a relatively new concept in the UK the Department for Transport does not currently have a policy on the regulation or licensing of dockless bicycle sharing companies. However, shared bicycles are subject to the same legal requirements and byelaws that already exist regarding bicycle standards and parking. The potential growth of this style of scheme means that this is an area that the Department is monitoring with interest.