Q1062: I've heard that it's lawful to use electric scooters (e-scooters) on the road, is this correct?
A trial has been set up regarding the use of e-scooters on roads and in cycle lanes. The trial has been designed to help understand whether the devices reduce motor traffic, as well as their impact on safety for users and others. They will be strictly prohibited on pavements, will be limited to 15.5mph and riders are recommended to wear helmets.
Users will need a full or provisional car, motorcycle or moped licence to take part in the trials, and must be 16 or over. E-scooters in the trials also need to be covered by a motor vehicle insurance policy - it is understood rental operators will ensure a policy is in place that covers users of the vehicles but we would suggest you check this before using the e-scooter.
To avoid a flood of poor-quality scooters onto the streets, the regulations only cover rental schemes. Individually owned scooters will still be illegal on public roads.
The trial, which is due to last for 12 months, will be closely monitored so the Government can assess the benefits of e-scooters and their impact on public space.
Further information can be found in the Government guidance under Related Information and via the link below: