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Shared e-scooters

Shared e-scooters have become a popular part of the micromobility landscape in many countries around the world. They have not been lawful in the UK, however the UK Government is now working with local authorities and operators to run a series of trials of rental e-scooters.


CoMoUK always strives to positively influence and shape the evolution of the shared mobility sector. Its remit is for the public benefit of shared transport and so it is supportive of the exploration and piloting of shared e-scooters to help assess their contribution as a transport mode. Key to that potential is how they can be most successfully deployed in these evolving times alongside bike share, car share, public transport, walking and private cycling.


CoMoUK has created a set of high-level principles to guide the development of the trials.

principles for shared e-scooter trials (PDF)

How they work

Like bike share schemes, e-scooters can be located, booked and unlocked through an app on a smart phone. Fitted with batteries, the e-scooters allow users to ‘twist and go’ (or press a button) and glide along at up to 15.5 mph, with lower speed caps in some geofenced areas.


There are several different operational models using a range of on-street solutions and durations of hires. Read more here:

Operational models and terminology (PDF)

Types of Vehicles and Safety

There are various forms of vehicles under the label of micromobility. The UK is trialling the sharing of e-scooter, most of which are ridden in a standing position, although some include a seat.


Operators have introduced many innovations in terms of e-scooter technology and operations to enhance safety which are outlined within this document:

E-scooter Safety Statement (PDF)