Skip to main content

Electric Scooters: Driving under Influence

Question for Department for Transport

UIN HL1382, tabled on 24 June 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made as to whether the findings in the Emergency Medical Journal report E-scooter incidents in Berlin: an evaluation of risk factors and injury patterns, published on 7 June, that one in five riders were over the legal drink limit and only one in 100 were wearing a helmet, would be comparable in the UK.

Answered on

2 July 2021

The Home Office collects and publishes data on the number of motoring offences in the ‘Police Powers and Procedures, England and Wales’ statistical bulletin. However, information on the type of vehicle issued with a motoring offence, including a fine or penalty points is not collected. The Department for Transport does not hold information on any fines issued by the courts. Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (ASBOs) were replaced by Civil Injunctions and Criminal Behaviour Orders (CBOs) in 2014. The Ministry of Justice holds data on CBOs.

Neither the Department for Transport nor the Department for Health and Social Care hold data on e-scooter accidents which have led to admissions.

The Department for Transport has made no assessment based on the Berlin data. Safety of this new mode of transport is very important and a key part of our trials and evaluation. The Department has in place a comprehensive monitoring and evaluation programme for the trials. A final report will be published in spring 2022. Any future rules for e-scooters may not be exactly the same as the rules in trials, but they will be based on the evidence gathered. This evaluation includes a range of data sources and approaches including data sharing arrangements with operators, surveys, interviews and focus groups with users and non-users and interviews with key local and national stakeholders. It will also take account of relevant international evidence.

Approximately three million journeys have been completed by trial participants. Local authorities are responsible for running the trials and information on customer service engagement is not held by the Department.