Before buying an electric scooter, you need to know these 7 myths
Electric scooters are becoming more and more popular, and it's not hard to see why.This very cheap and environmentally friendly way of commuting means you can ditch the subway or bus and get around more easily on your own.
If you want to buy an electric scooter, here are 7 things to know about electric scooters:
Myth 1:10% of people think electric scooters are banned in other countries such as the US and France.
Fact: Electric scooters are currently legal on the road in the United States, France, Germany, Israel and Singapore.
Myth 2:12% of people think their top speed limit is 6 MPH, which confuses them with motor scooters.
Fact: There are currently no laws restricting the speed of personal electric scooters.Most models sold by The Halfords have a speed of 15.5 MPH, the same limit as electric bikes, and the top speed on rented scooters is only 15 MPH.
Myth 3:19% of people say you must wear a safety helmet to ride an electric scooter.
Twelve percent said they would have to wear a fluorescent vest if they rode at night.
Fact: There are no legal requirements or rules on high-vision wearing when using electric scooters, but stores like Halfords do advise riders to wear helmets for safety and are strongly encouraged by the government to hire them as part of a trial run.
Myth 4:21% of people now think you have to be 21 to ride a bike.
Fact: To ride a scooter for hire, a rider must be over 16, but there is no age limit for an individual scooter.
Myth 5:8% think it's OK to ride on public sidewalks.
Fact: Personal scooters can only be used on private land, while rental can be used on the roads, bike paths and tracks used by the bikes, but nowhere else.
Myth 6:9% think electric scooters can't ride in the rain.
Fact: Electric scooters are weatherproof and have passed rigorous safety tests.
Myth 7: About 37% of people put off buying a personal scooter because they think it needs a charging point.
Fact: Virtually all electric scooters use a standard power charger.
Speaking about the recent changes, Halford CEO Graham Stapleton said: "We welcome the trial of renting out electric scooters. We hope this is the first step towards changing the law so that personal scooters on the road will soon be legal.
"By adopting the e-bike model, it can help quickly develop regulations to manage appropriate safety standards and make them legally common.