Allow electric scooters to hit the road in the English government trial
According to government trials, electric scooter riders will be allowed to use roads in four parts of England as part of the green transportation push.
According to laws dating back to the 1800s, it is illegal to use so-called electric scooters in European cities, but ministers will start consultations to study how to ensure their safety. Measures will include the minimum age for cycling, vehicle standards, and insurance requirements.
This move is part of the government's review of transportation regulations and aims to make the journey smarter and more environmentally friendly through new technologies.
The government has allocated 90 million pounds to study various options in four so-called future transportation areas covering Portsmouth and Southampton, including electric scooters. Derby and Nottingham; West Midlands; United West England Joint Authority, including Bath and Bristol.
Other modes of transportation for the study include trial drones in Portsmouth and Southampton. The spacecraft will be used to transport medical supplies and samples from the Isle of Wight to hospitals on the mainland in an attempt to speed up the diagnosis.
Grant Shapps, the transportation minister, said the move marked the largest review of transportation law by a “generation” and added that it would help “inform any decision about legalization”.
The review will also study how on-demand buses operate like taxis or Uber.
Bird is a California-based electric scooter sharing startup that operates in more than 120 cities in 15 countries. It began trials on private roads in East London’s Olympic Park at the end of 2018 with the aim of persuading British lawmakers to make skateboards Vehicles are legalized on public roads. According to the park's website, the trial will continue until the end of March.
A February study by the International Transportation Forum found that electric scooter riders did not suffer a significantly higher risk of injury or death from road traffic accidents than cyclists, but recognized regulations are necessary.
During the review process, the government will also consider whether local authorities need more power to manage the impact of electric scooters on public places (including parkable places).