Legal at last – electric scooter trials to finally start!July 1st 2020
E-scooters are at last set to be allowed on UK roads and cycle paths from Saturday 4 July, as the micro-mobility devices take their first step towards legality in this country. An extremely positive development for the electric mobility industry, it marks the beginning of official trials of this growing, clean personal transport solution.
The Government has been striving to make this possible since the COVID-19 pandemic took hold in the UK, in order to provide people with more hygienic travel alternatives to public transport. Greener, cleaner options have also been a real priority in a bid to maintain the improved air quality that we’ve experienced throughout the UK’s lockdown period.
The Government announced (www.gov.uk), “E-scooters offer the potential for fast, clean and inexpensive travel that can also help ease the burden on transport networks and allow for social distancing,” and has set about amending existing laws, regulating rental e-scooter trials as similarly as possible to electrically assisted pedal cycles (EAPCs, otherwise known as e-bikes).
The key parameters for the trial of electric scooters are as follows:
- Trials are for registered e-scooter rental schemes only
- Trials run by local authorities must start between 4 July and 31 August 2020 and can run for 12 months
- E-scooters will be able to use the same road space as cycles and EAPCs (e-bikes), i.e. on the road (except motorways) and in cycle lanes and tracks, where possible
- E-scooter motor power will be limited to 500W
- E-scooters will have a maximum design speed of 15.5mph (25km/h)
- Motor vehicle insurance policies must be in place on all e-scooters (rental-operator provided)
- Riders must hold a full or provisional driving license and be 16 years of age or over
- E-scooters must be hired or leased from specific providers and used within authority limits
- It is recommended that riders wear a cycle helmet
Several local authorities from around the country, such as Bristol, Leeds and the Solent area, have already publicly commented about how positive they are about taking part in electric scooter trials. We await more exciting news as to where in the country we’ll start seeing e-scooters on public highways this summer.
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