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Electric Scooters: Speed Limits

Question for Department for Transport

UIN 56066, tabled on 8 June 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what evidence his Department assessed when deciding to set the speed limit for e-scooters in forthcoming trials at 12.5mph.

Answered on

16 June 2020

The Department’s consultation on the rules for e-scooters proposed a speed limit of 12.5 mph. The Department considered evidence available from international organisations, published reports and considered the rules for e-scooter use in other countries. We also took account of the responses received from the Future of Transport regulatory review call for evidence. The proposed speed limit also directly influences what other rules should apply to the use of e-scooters.

There is limited evidence on the impact of different speed limits for e-scooters and a range of speed limits apply in other countries.

However, we are currently analysing the responses to the consultation.

The trials will allow us to gather evidence about the about the use of e-scooters and their effects on other road users. This will inform future policy for e-scooters and other micromobility vehicles.