If you've been seeing more and more e-scooters on the streets lately, you're not alone. These vehicles have been gaining in popularity all over the world, and with good reason – they're a fun way to get around quickly and easily. Not to mention, there are so many different types and customizations, you’re sure to find one to suit your needs - check out some of these reviews !
But if you're new to the scene, you may have some questions about how they work and what's legal. In this article, we answer some of the most common questions about e-scooters in the UK.
When will electric scooters be legal on the road?
Earlier this year the Government announced plans to legalise the use of privately owned electric scooters in the UK. In May, the UK Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, confirmed in a live broadcast during the Queen's speech, that there were plans to "introduce legislation to allow the Government to regulate e-scooters in the 2022–23 session.”
So the Department for Transport is currently reviewing the law around e-scooters but it’s not yet clear when these changes will come into effect. We will keep you updated as soon as we have more information regarding the government's plans to make electric scooters legal on UK roads.
What are the laws around electric scooter use in England?
Currently, there is no specific law regulating the use of an e scooter on public roads in England. However, they are classified as 'powered transporters' under the Road Vehicles Regulations 1986. This means that they must be registered with the DVLA and you need to have a valid driving licence, insurance, and it's advisable to wear a helmet for safety.
Saying that, some e scooters don't have visible rear red lights, number plates or signalling ability, and as such these types can't be used legally on roads.
At the time of writing, the only e-scooters that can be used on public roads are those that are rented as part of government-backed trials, The London e-scooter rental scheme is approved by the Department for Transport (DfT) and e-scooters are now available for hire in some boroughs.
The important thing to know is that privately owned e scooters can only be used on private land and not on public roads, cycle lanes or pavements….yet!
Which electric scooter is right for me?
Finding the best e-scooter for you depends on a few factors, such as how often you'll be using it and how far you need to travel. If you're only going to be using it for short journeys, then a smaller and more lightweight model might be a better option. But if you need to travel further distances, or over rougher terrain, then something more substantial with a bit more power might be better.
At The E-Scooter Co. we stock a variety of globally renowned brands, such as Kaabo, Dualtron and Xiaomi, each bringing its own aspect and take on the electric scooter, with many options to choose from depending on your budget and needs.
Alternatively, if you want a complete guide tailored to finding the right scooter for you, check out our dedicated buyers guide here
Are electric scooters safe?
Yes, electric scooters are perfectly safe when used correctly. They're stable and easy to control so you're not likely to hurt yourself or anyone else if you fall off. That said, we always recommend wearing a helmet and following the Highway Code for maximum safety.
For the most secure experience, we recommend using scooter protective gear such as helmets and knee pads as a minimum. Scooter pads and helmets come in a range of styles, sizes and materials so you’re sure to find one to suit your style. You can check out our full range here
Still not sure which model is right for you? Our team can help – just give us a call on +44 20 4538 8475 or drop us an email and we'll happily chat through options.