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Electric Scooters

Question for Department for Transport

UIN 1212, tabled on 12 May 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to include provisions permitting the full use of e-scooters including identification of vehicles in the Transport Bill announced in the Queen's Speech 2022.

Answered on

19 May 2022

It is the Department's intention that the Transport Bill will create a low speed, zero emission vehicle category that is independent from the cycle and motor vehicle categories. New powers, to be set out in the Bill, would subsequently allow the Government to create regulations that will legalise e-scooters, but under new rules. These rules will include robust technical requirements and, most likely, a set of requirements for users.

The Bill will also propose new powers for local transport authorities to shape and manage rental operations, for pedal cycles, e-cycles, and e-scooters. The intention is to create a safer, clearer, and more adaptable framework for micromobility in the long term. The Government will consult on any new regulations before they are introduced.

E-scooter trials are currently live in 30 areas across England and will continue to run until 30 November 2022. Privately-owned e-scooters remain illegal to use on the road, cycle lanes or pavements, and enforcement of this is a matter for the police.