Micro-Mobility: Electric Scooters on the Road to Legalization in the United Kingdom

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By Harriet Sumnall | 3Q 2020 | IN-5881

 

Sharing Scooters to Appear on British Streets

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As of July 4, 2020, electric scooters have been allowed to be ridden on the roads of the United Kingdom, but not without restrictions. Electric scooters that are privately owned are only permitted to be ridden on land that is also privately owned, and with the owner’s permission, but not on public roadways or in bicycle lanes; therefore, the only scooters that are allowed to be driven on the roads are those that are being rented from a sharing service, such as Bird or Lime. This change is a part of the government’s GBP£2 billion plan to invest in greener travel.

To rent a scooter, users are required to be a minimum of 16 years old and hold at least a provisional driver’s license. This will remain a restriction for users throughout the United Kingdom’s e-scooter service trials, because the scooters are considered motor vehicles. It is not known whether or not, depending on how successful the trials are,...

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