Relevant provisions in the UK law on electric scooters
Can I ride an electric scooter in the UK?
Trials of electric scooters in the UK will begin in July 2020 for 12 months, after which the government will decide whether to legalise the use of electric scooters in the UK.
Initially, electric scooters were planned to be used only on public roads in four locations in the UK during the trial.These include Derby and Nottingham, West Midlands, Portsmouth and Southampton, and WECA.These areas are called the "transport of the future".
But it has been extended to all parts of the UK, and Berkshire's Slough has recently set up a pilot scheme.The trial starts with local authorities, so if electric scooters are not yet allowed in your area, consider contacting your local council to find out about their plans.
Richard Corbett of Voi, an electric scooter ride-sharing service, says: "In areas where we have already started experimenting with electric scooters, things are going well.Since Northampton was launched, the town has had more than 53,500 rides covering 90,000 kilometres."More than 7,000 users have signed up and are active, and nearly 70% of the rides are repeat visitors.The scooters are used multiple times a day, which is a key indicator of success."
If these trials are successful and laws change across the country, electric scooters will be allowed on public roads all over Britain.
Will there be a fine for riding an electric scooter in the UK?
You may be at risk of a fine if you use a rented or privately owned electric scooter outside of any pilot area on any public road, bike path or sidewalk.
You may have to pay a fixed penalty of 300 pounds.If you have a driver's license, you may be fined six points and your electric scooter may be impounded.
You will also face the risk of a fine if you ride on a private electric scooter in the test area.
What will the UK's electric-scooter rental scheme look like?
The Department for Transport aims to legalise the electric-scooter rental scheme across the UK to promote green travel.Drivers do not need insurance to rent electric scooters, but they need at least a temporary driving licence.
The electric scooters in the rental program can be legally used within a specified geographic area.
While hiring electric scooters may seem like a good way to get away from society, some people may be wary of using sharing schemes.In the early days of the pandemic, electric scooter rental companies such as Lime and Bird shut down scooter schemes in cities in Europe and North America.But Voi, another brand that shares scooters, says employees disinfect each electric scooter every day.
Can I buy an electric scooter?
You can buy electric scooters in the UK wherever you are.But the only place you can ride a private electric scooter is on private land, with the permission of the landowner.Riders can only use rented electric scooters in the test area.
In the United Kingdom, electric scooters are classified as personal light electric vehicles (PLEVs).This means they are considered to have the same legal requirements for motor vehicles, including MOT, taxation, permits and specific structures.
Electric scooters cannot legally be used on roads outside the test area because they do not have visible rear red lights, license plates and cannot emit signals.
Standard, privately owned scooters without electric engines can be used on the road.However, riders are not allowed to use them on sidewalks or bike paths.