The headline from this morning’s Commons Transport Committee is the call for widespread legalisation of e-scooter use on UK roads. Inevitably, that comes subject to appropriate regulation of use and to necessary safety standards being in place. However welcome that may be, there are very delicate trade-offs and judgments needed to achieve a clear, safe and readily enforceable legal regime for scooter use which the Committee seems to have ducked and pushed over to the government to resolve.Continue reading
As widely anticipated, the government has set out the changes which will allow for e-scooter trials. They are to be classified as motor vehicles and certain regulations will be relaxed for the trials, but not the need for compulsory motor insurance. The permission for road use will be for authorised hire schemes only and it appears that the insurance arrangements will, in effect, be at fleet level rather than by way of individual policies. Privately bought and owned e-scooters will remain illegal for road use for the time being.
The most recent paper from the EU Council sets out its agreed negotiating position ahead of the legislative trilogue process (the other interlocutors being the Commission and the Parliament) aimed at amending the Motor Insurance Directive and scheduled for the first half of 2020. The question of the scope of the Directive is key.