Regulations for private e-scooter use recommended by safety charity

22 Dec 2021

The Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS) has outlined the safety regulations it feels should be implemented if private e-scooter use is to be legalised next year.

The recommendations were outlined in a letter sent to Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Trudy Harrison MP who has responsibility for the future of transport, and who is drawing together evidence on the future use of e-scooters.

Private e-scooter use on public land is currently illegal.

Recommendations include:

• A maximum top speed of between 10mph-12.5mph

• Maximum continuous rated motor power of 250W

• Anti-tampering mechanisms should be included in construction, with tampering (such as performance modifications) prohibited by law

Maximum unladen weight of 20kg

Minimum front wheel size of 30.5cm and minimum rear wheel size of 25.5cm

Two independently controlled braking devices, one acting on the front wheel and one acting on the rear wheel

Lighting to be mandatory at all times

An audible warning device to be mandatory

Helmet wearing to be mandatory

Rider age limit of at least 16 years

Riding on the pavement or footpath to be prohibited

Carrying of a passenger to be prohibited

In-person rider training recommended

PACTS is also pushing for e-scooters to be regulated as motor vehicles to ensure existing road rules around drink-driving, dangerous or careless riding, and mobile phone use are enforceable. 

As such, riders would also need to have public liability insurance and inform the police if there is a collision involving an injury

A decision on the future legality of private e-scooters is expected next Spring.



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