E-scooters – Government responds to Transport Select Committee report

The Department for Transport has reacted positively to the Committee’s recommendations about the future regulation of e-scooters. In a short response paper published on Monday this week, the DfT reconfirmed that it will adopt an evidence-based approach to future policy development, drawing heavily from data and experiences across what we believe are now as many as thirty currently-authorised trials of hire fleets of e-scooters.

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Batman, the Hulk and the European Motor Insurance Directive

Last week Advocate General Bobek published his Opinion in the latest ‘use of a vehicle’ and motor insurance case referred to the Court of Justice of the European Union. His view is not binding on the Court, but as it closely reflects the leading decisions in Juliana and Rodrigues de Andrade it seems likely it would be followed when a decision emerges. We look at his view and his super hero references in the body of this post.

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Improving road safety and roads policing – call and response?

On Monday 13 July the DfT opened a call for evidence about roads policing, seeking “to identify which current methods work best plus how the capability and capacity of enforcement services can be enhanced.” This will run until early October. Just 48 hours later Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services published “Roads Policing: Not optional” making 13 very clear recommendations in this area.

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