There are growing concerns about the safety of electric motorcycles in the UK following a number of injuries and even deaths.
Campaigners are calling for more stringent e-scooter law including the mandatory wearing of helmets – but what are the current regulations?
Can I be penalized for not wearing a helmet while riding my e-scooter?
The UK’s latest law — currently under review — does not require crash helmets for e-motorcycle riders.
Although riders should wear one when riding.
Guidelines put out on the Government website say: “You should wear a cycle helmet when using an e-scooter. Helmets are recommended but not a legal requirement.
“Besure that cycling helmets conforms to applicable regulations, has the correct dimensions and is securely fastened. “
A large number serious accident—For bicycles and scooters — leads to head damage so wearing a helmet can better protect yourself in the event of an accident.
Officers have said: “All riders should wear helmets and young riders in particular will benefit from additional protective clothing such as knee and elbow pads to minimize injury if you go out on the field. “
Where can I legally ride an e-scooter?
Renting an electric scooter is the only way to legally ride on public roads or in other public places and Using privately owned e-scooters on public roads is still illegal.
The ban on e-scooters from public use includes “roads, sidewalks, parks, town centers or promenades”.
However, there are more 30 regions in the UK – which includes London, Newcastle, Bristol and Bournemouth – operates rental schemes.
You can use the test tram on roads (except highways) and on bike lanes.
You may not use the tram on the sidewalk.
If you have your own e-scooter, you can only drive it on private land.
How old do I have to be to drive an electric car?
Electric scooters are essentially a motor-powered scooter, which means they are often classified as a “motor vehicle” in the law. Therefore, you must be 18 years or older to use an electric vehicle.
Transport for London says on its website: “Riders must be 18 years or older and hold a provisional or full driver’s license to rent an e-scooter.”
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