Solent Transport Welcomes Government’s E-Scooter Legislation Announcement

Following the Queen’s Speech last week, Baroness Vere of Norbiton announced in the House of Lords that a new class of ‘powered light vehicle’ is to be created to regulate the use of privately owned e-scooters on the public highway. This will now be debated in Parliament.

Legislation is proposed that will ensure e-scooters sold for private use are made to the same standard as those currently available to rent and use legally as part of the 30+ Department for Transport sponsored trials, including those underway as part of the Solent Future Transport Zone in the Isle of Wight, Portsmouth, and Southampton until the end of November 2022.

Currently e-scooters sold for private use are unregulated and can only be used legally on private land with the landowner’s permission. But many of the one million plus private e-scooters sold to date in the UK are being used illegally on the public highway.

 

It is anticipated that legislation will require retailers to ensure e-scooters sold for private use comply with new regulations covering build quality, maximum speed, and lighting. It will be illegal for e-scooters to be modified to exceed safe speed limits.

The proposed legislation will bring the UK in line with other European countries where e-scooters are used safely as an inexpensive and convenient carbon-cutting alternative to other modes of personal transport.