Since 2019, one million e-scooters have been imported into the UK, but while they can be sold legally, it is illegal to use them on public roads and in public spaces. However, there are authorised trial rental schemes where people in some areas have access to e-scooters. These schemes involve many safety conditions, including maximum speed limits. Privately owned e-scooters are legally only allowed on private land.
In 2021 there were 900 collisions involving the use of private e-scooters, 11 being fatal.
Grant Shapps, the Transport Secretary, has committed to introducing powers to properly regulate the use of private e-scooters. Mr Shapps acknowledged that as they’re not going to go away, the issue should be addressed, and steps taken to make them safe. He will announce the legislation in the Queen’s Speech on May 10th.
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