Illegal use of electric scooters could result in a £300 fine and a six-point on their licence
Since the blockade began, interest in electric scooters has surged, with searches up 376%, according to Google Trends data.Electric scooters are free to buy in the UK, but can only be ridden on private land with permission from landowners.
In addition to fines and six points, drivers will face higher bicycle insurance premiums on conviction and police will have the power to confiscate scooters.The consequences will be even more severe for newly qualified drivers, who earn only six points in their first two years of driving and may eventually lose their licences.
On July 4th the government began to relax legal trials of electric scooters rented on public roads, bike lanes and lanes as part of a review of transport after the blockade was relaxed.Electric scooters will be classified as motor vehicles during a one-year trial period, and people will need a driving licence and insurance to ride them.The use of rental scooters will be legal and insurance will be provided by the rental provider.
Lee Griffin, founder and chief executive of Insurance company GoCompare, said: 'The current ban on privately owned electric scooters on public roads does not seem to have stopped people from using them.We are concerned that following government advice to avoid public transport as a result of the pandemic, more people will buy electric scooters for short trips, perhaps unaware that they can only use them on private land.People may also be confused by the government's rent judgment that private electric scooters are now legal on the road, when they are not.
"Unlike e-bikes, e-scooters are classified as personal light electric vehicles and are subject to the same legal requirements as motor vehicles - including technical safety standards, road taxes and insurance.The private electric scooters currently on the market do not meet these requirements and therefore cannot be legally used on the road.
"The consequences for motorists of breaking the rules for electric scooters can be expensive.
Drivers face a six-point penalty in addition to on-the-spot fines.bicycle insurers see convicted drivers as a greater risk and raise premiums accordingly.The consequences are even more severe for newly qualified drivers, who earn only six points in the first two years of driving and may eventually lose their licence.To be allowed on the roads again, they have to reapply for a temporary license and retake the theoretical and practical parts of the driving test."