Overview and benefits


Shared e-scooters are a popular part of the micromobility landscape in many countries around the world.

In the UK they have only been lawful on public land in Government rental trials. These have seen many millions of rides take place since they were started from summer 2020.

The UK Government has now announced its desire to create a new powered light vehicle class, which can provide the route for e-scooters and potentially other light e-mobility options to be legalised.

CoMoUK will be working closely on this as we liaise with public authorities across the country, with UK Government and with our e-scooter operator members.

E-scooter being ridden in the street
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47.7 million
Total trips since trials began
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3.3 million
Total users since trial began
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Current e-scooters fleet size
Figures: April 2024
Trials began: June 2020

Report on the shared e-scooter trials in England

This is CoMoUK's first ever report on e-scooters, drawing together operator data and wide stakeholder expertise from all the shared e-scooter trials across England.

It includes clear recommendations and gives us as an organisation a platform from which to build further evidence and insight in the future.

Report on the Shared E-scooter Trials in England 2023
Assortment of e-scooters parked up together.
Photo credit: Jonas Jacobsson on Unsplash (

How they work

Like bike share schemes, e-scooters can be located, booked and unlocked through an app on a smart phone.

Fitted with batteries, the e-scooters allow users to ‘twist and go’ (or press a button) and glide along at up to 15.5 mph, with lower speed caps in many geofenced areas.

There are several different operational models using a range of on-street solutions and durations of hires.

Our guide has more detail:


Existing schemes and operators

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