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.
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:
This is a selected range of external reports that we have found useful and interesting. CoMoUK has embarked on its own research into the UK experience to date with the e-scooter trials, which is due to be published before the end of 2022.
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