What is the law about riding electric scooters in the UK?

Police have issued a warning over e-scooters and urge people to be clear on the law before using them.

Officers are seeing an increased amount of e-scooters being used on public roads and pavements which is currently against the law unless it is part of a government trial with rented e-scooters.

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Riding an e-scooter on a public road or pavement may result in that person being reported for various traffic offences and the e-scooter being seized by police.

It is understood that buying an e-scooter can be tempting as they can be bought from many popular retailers.

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The only place an e-scooter can be used is on private land.

However they go on to highlight that the current law is clear, here’s what to look out for:

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  • Although e-scooters can be bought, they cannot be ridden on a UK public road, cycle lane or pavement – the only place an e-scooter can be used is on private land.
  • E-scooters are classified as Personal Light Electric Vehicles (PLEVs), so they are treated as motor vehicles and subject to the same legal requirements.
  • If an e-scooter driver is stopped by the police, they will be advised of the current law about how to use an e-scooter legally and ask you to take your e-scooter home.
  • They may however still penalise the person depending on the nature and gravity of the offence.

St Albans police said: “We understand the public’s support for environmentally friendly mode of transport.

“We want to work with the public to make sure the roads are safe for everyone.”

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The UK government is currently taking part in “Future Transport Zone” trials for e-scooter hire, with a view to making them legal to use on the roads.

Watford Observer: E-scooters are also an environmentally friendly mode of transport.E-scooters are also an environmentally friendly mode of transport.

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For more information on using publicly owned e-scooters click here.

Guidance on rented e-scooters used as part of a government trial is available by following this link.

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