UK to ease regulations and start e-scooter trials

Electric Vehicles Jul 01, 2020
UK to ease regulations and start e-scooter trials

In a move that could make it easier for commuters to travel around cities across the UK without the need for buses, trains or cars. The countries Department for Transport (DfT) has announced they could be easing regulations starting with a 12 month trial that will allow Scooter rental companies to operate in Cities across the UK. Privately owned e-scooters will not be included in the trial.

The decision to ease regulations comes after a government consultation and is aimed at reducing car traffic and improving air quality, Transport Minister Rachel Maclean said.

Commenting: Minister Rachel Maclean said "E-scooters may offer the potential for convenient, clean and cost-effective travel that may also help ease the burden on the transport network, provide another green alternative to get around and allow for social distancing. The trials will allow us to test whether they do these things."

The framework for the proposed scheme will outline how e-scooter rental providers will operate in practice, stipulating that vehicles will be subject to a 15mph speed restriction, and will only be allowed on roads and in cycle lanes. All other areas and specifically pedestrian lanes will be strictly prohibited.

Only riders with a full or provisional driving licence will be able to operate the e-scooters and e-Scooters will be exempt from vehicle registration but will require insurance. As is the case with bicycles, users will be recommended but not required to wear helmets.

The new ruling could see major benefits for current e-Scooter rental operators such as Bolt, Lime, Bird, Tier, Neuron Mobility, Voi and Zipp Mobility.

The final go-ahead is expected to be given on Friday 3 July 2020.

Glen Smale

Glen Smale is a FullStack Software Engineer & CTO @StaffCluster with 15yrs tech industry experience. He is a freelance technology Journalist and writer @Bundupress.

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