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Fast Tracking the Legalisation of E-scooters in the UK

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The UK is finally catching up to its neighbouring countries in terms of electric vehicles. E-scooters have become the front-runners in the expansion of electric and micro-mobile vehicles. In February 2020, UK ministers debated whether e-scooters should be legalised and later in the year decided to introduce trials all over the country.

E-scooters are banned everywhere except on private land with the owner’s consent. Previously, the issue of road safety with the introduction of e-scooters was a concern for the government and pedestrians alike. However, they are now considering setting up laws that will ensure safety of both riders and others.

The Transport Committee launched an inquiry to explore the safety and legal implications of electric scooters, their impact on congestion, and potential contribution to reducing the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions, ahead of the Government’s obligations to reach net zero by 2050. 

Furthermore, allowing e-scooter trials earlier than expected is also part of the government’s plan to reduce congestion in public spaces in order to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Along with the e-scooter trials, cycling and walking are being considered as more viable long-term commuting options. Overall, cycle lanes, pavements and lanes will be more spacious and many more regulations will be introduced. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said that the commute to work will likely be vastly different in a post-lockdown environment, adding that it presents an “enormous logistical challenge” as well as a “health opportunity”.

On July 2020, the first e-scooter trials in the UK were introduced instead of 2021. Proposals for e-scooter rentals have been widespread all over the country. For e-scooter enthusiasts such as ourselves at Scootz, it has been a long time coming. Electric scooters have always been at the forefront of environmentally friendly transport. There are many benefits attached to owning one, apart from the obvious. However, you can only ride e-scooters that have been put out through rentals. Privately owned scooters still remain illegal.

It seems like the UK could legalise e-scooters very soon, be it rental or privately owned. The decision of allowing trials is only the first step in a long battle of legalisation. However, if the trials are successful in achieving the goals the government has set for them, it is more than certain that we will see more e-scooters on the streets of the UK. So, don’t get left behind, join the future by getting your own e-scooter today.

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