What do we know about electric scooter’s legislation?

Hey guys, we hope to be clear and let you know what we know.

The era of the electric scooter craze seems to have come to stay, despite the odds stacked high against it’s legalisation.

At Doctor Scooter, we saw this revolutionary mode of transportation as more than just a fad; We foresaw that they would soon be the solution to the growing need to have a sustainable and environmentally friendly means to travel. 

However, in the U.K. its use has been restricted to private lands. Electric scooters are considered as illegal currently because they are classified as “powered transporters” making them unsuitable for use on pavements, cycle lanes or pedestrian lanes.

This means to legally use them, technically, you must be able to insure, pay road tax on and register these scooters. Since this is not possible, riders can incur fines, penalty points on their licence or even the seizure of their vehicle by the police.

The truth is, there are undeniable benefits to owning and using an electric scooter. Even the government has instituted trials to assess its safety and make it legal for public use.

The trials are scheduled to end by Nov 2022, after which it will be decided if the scooters should be suitable for road travel. It seems good news is on the horizon, as the government made the general public aware in May 2022 that “While riding a privately owned e-scooter on public land is currently illegal, we are considering how best to design future regulations and our Transport Bill will help us to take the steps we need to make e-scooters safer and support innovation.”

How can you play your part to make sure that we can ride freely soon? Ride responsibly and safely and change the narrative from “Death-traps on the road” to “Convenience on two wheels”.

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