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Shared e-scooters

Shared e-scooters have become a popular part of the micromobility landscape in many cities around the world. They are not lawful in the UK, but through summer 2020 and onwards the UK Government is aiming to bring forward trials of rental e-scooters on a temporary basis.

The Government may then move forwards to legalise e-scooter use in the UK.

Here are details of the short consultation (deadline 2nd June) that the Department for Transport has live on how it will bring forward trials.

The Department is also consulting on a regulatory review more broadly about micro-mobility  with a deadline of 3rd July

 

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 anywhere between 12 mph and 15 mph

Types of Vehicles

There are various forms of e-scooter. The UK is going to be trialling those which you stand on, as opposed to moped-style ones that you sit on. There are multiple other variations on the theme globally, including small electric vehicles with three or four wheels.