Electric scooters - what's the law in the UK?

Man on electric scooter

Electric scooters seem to be in the news every week with announcements of trials starting in new cities. But why is this news? 

You also may not realise that private electric scooters are not legal for use on pavements, cycle lanes or roads. Currently privately owned electric scooters are only legal on private land with the landowners permission.

Are electric scooters legal in the UK?

Yes. Rental scooters as part of a trial are legal for use on roads and cycleways. Private scooters are only to be used on private land.

Electric scooters were made legal in July 2020 as part of a series of trials across the UK. This means that local authorities are allowed to set up rental schemes in their cities to trial how e-scooters fit into their transport network.

Why are private scooters not legal?

Currently electric scooters are classed as PLEVs (Personal Light Electric Vehicles). This puts them in the same category as mopeds and motor bikes. Naturally that automatically means they can't be used on pavements, in cycle lanes and in pedestrian-only areas. They also can't be used on the road as they don't meet the requirements for road vehicles , i.e. insurance, tax, license, registration. 

When will they be legalised?

In October 2020 the Department for Transport called for swift action to legalise the use of private e-scooters on roads and cycle lanes, and a full review will be undertaken in Autumn 2021.

What could happen if I get caught?

You could be fined up to £300 and be awarded 6 points on your licence. 

The Met Police have said they will make judgements based on rider behaviour. If you are planning on using your scooter to commute or travel, we strongly recommend you wear a helmet and obey road laws. 

To ensure you're using your scooter safely, follow our tips and tricks.

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