The recent rise in popularity for eco-friendly transportation has brought electric scooters into the light. Moreover, amidst this pandemic, countries like the UK are moving towards legalising electric scooters by starting trials. Still, there is a long way to go to completely legalise e-scooters on public roads or pavements.
Right now, even though e-scooter trials have started, you might be surprised to hear that you can be fined or have your vehicle seized by the police. There’s a lot of confusion about what laws or facts are actually true about the legalisation of e-scooters. About 55% of the population consider e-scooters to be good for the environment. So, there is some public support on legalising electric scooters to change the way we travel and assist in reducing traffic.
To clear up all the confusion surrounding e-scooters, here are 6 facts you should be aware of before you get you purchase an e-scooter:
Private e-scooters cannot be operated on public roads or pavements. They can however be used on private land given they have the owner’s permission. Rental electric scooters can be used on roads, cycle paths and tracks.
Rental e-scooters are only allowed to operate at a maximum speed of 15.5mph. However, there is no speed limit for privately-owned scooters.
There is no set age limit for riding private e-scooters but riding a rental e-scooter requires you to be 16 or older.
Helmets are recommended to be worn by the government and retailers for both rental and personal e-scooters. However, there is no law enforcing this.
Experts conduct various testing on e-scooter before recommending them. Most e-scooters are waterproof to some extent.
Privately owned e-scooters do not need a charging point. The majority of e-scooters use a basic mains charger.
At Scootz, we are hoping that the e-scooter trials are only the beginning of the process for legalising e-scooters. This will help the universal legalisation of electric scooters as well. Many of our customers are already excited about e-scooters for commuting. New regulations should allow more responsible rides so we can have safer roads. The ban of privately owned e-scooters gives us a limited number of choices for travelling. In this pandemic, it is imperative that we maintain social distancing guidelines, so e-scooters can be the perfect solution for us.
More safety guidelines should be implemented and created as well. Buying from a trusted retailer should also be promoted. So, if you are looking for one, look no further than Scootz. So, if you are looking for one, look no further than Scootz. Find out why we are the perfect fit for your e-scooter needs.