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.Continue reading
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.
The Commons Transport Select Committee e-scooter enquiry – the subtitle of which is “pavement nuisance or transport innovation?” – heard this morning from three leading e-scooter providers and from DfT Roads Minister Rachel Maclean MP. The firms offered broadly consistent analyses of the benefits and risks of the technology and the Minister gave further background on the recent decision to authorise road-based trials of hired e-scooters.