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Members of Parliament have been investigating the safety of electric scooters ahead of the trial because they fear they could bring chaos to Britain’s roads

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MPS have launched an inquiry into the safety and environmental benefits of electric scooters amid fears they could bring chaos to Britain's roads.

Despite the surge in sales, the 30-mile-an-hour battery-powered vehicles, which look similar to children's scooters, are currently available only on private land.

But the Department for Transport (DfT) revealed last month that the devices would be trialled in some cities as part of a "transport revolution".

Members of Parliament have been investigating the safety of electric scooters ahead of the trial because they fear they could bring chaos to Britain's roads

At present, battery-powered scooters can only be used on private land, not on streets, but the government has announced trials in some cities.

Now MPS on the influential Transport Committee will investigate their interests.Their month-long investigation will "explore the safety and legal implications of electric scooters, their impact on traffic congestion and their potential contribution to reducing the UK's greenhouse gas emissions".

Some MPS worry that the government's rush to legalise electric scooters could cause problems once they are allowed on the road due to a lack of proper regulation.

Ministers are keen to explore the legalisation of electric scooters as part of the government's drive to achieve zero net carbon emissions by 2050.They hope that in the coming years, more and more commuters will give up their cars and work on scooters instead.

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