E-scooters: defence arguments and issues to consider

The popularity of e-scooters has grown rapidly in nearly all parts of the country despite most scooter riding remaining illegal. However, last summer, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the government brought forward plans to authorise limited e-scooter trials and the first few started in Teesside. One year on and official trials are being held in more than thirty cities and towns in England & Wales, including London as of early June. This blog looks at some key points in defending claims made by riders.

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Road use of e-scooters: has the Transport Committee just twisted the throttle?

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.

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E-scooter road trials authorised

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.

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