E-scooter incident data due to be published by government before year end

Recent news points to useful data relating to e-scooters becoming available over the next few months.

First is the statement last week from DfT Roads Minister Rachel MacLean that “We intend to publish data on e-scooters and other vehicle types which can be reliably identified from the free text field [in the STATS19 accident database used by police forces] alongside the annual Reported Road Casualties Great Britain statistics publication in September 2021. In the future, the STATS19 data collection system will be amended so that e-scooters (and similar) can be identified as a vehicle type”. Second is Ms MacLean’s confirmation just yesterday that in respect of the ongoing e-scooter trials, “An interim report summarizing findings from the data collected so far will be published in autumn 2021, with a final report due in spring 2022.”

We’ll be looking out for that interim report and will of course post our analysis of the DfT’s interim findings on this blog just as soon as we can after publication.

Written by Alistair Kinley, Director of Policy and Government Affairs at BLM

Limited escooter trial scheme begins in Dublin

Dublin City University has just started the first trial in Ireland of escooters – on campus only – and its recent press release on the topic is noticeably up-beat and includes a very positive quote from Transport Minister Naughton. She refers to Ireland “leading the way  in the space of the use of escooters” and intends to “progress the necessary legislation for the safe use of escooters in Ireland.”

All that said, it appears there may be as few as 30 scooters in the trial and their immediate use might well be quite limited because of the timing of the launch, given that DCU students completed their second semester several weeks ago. In addition, the Department has yet to set out its preferred policy direction following a pre-pandemic consultation, which closed more than 20 months ago in November 2019, on the use and regulation of personal powered transporters.

As with the escooter trials in the UK, this one “will run until early 2022”, suggesting it might conclude during the second semester of DCU’s 2021/22 year. So perhaps we may see an early version of “the necessary legislation” in the second quarter of next year?

Written by Alistair Kinley, Director of Policy and Government Affairs at BLM


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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