Is it illegal to ride a scooter on the road?

Police are increasingly concerned that the use of electric scooters in the UK will cause more serious injuries and even deaths.

Following calls to ban them, it’s worth pondering the current regulations for e-scooters.

There are growing calls to ban e-scooters in the UK


There are growing calls to ban e-scooters in the UK

Is it illegal to ride a scooter on the road?

While e-scooters are legally available to buy, it is currently against the law to ride a privately owned e-scooter in any public place in the UK.

The police issued this warning as to why they are illegal in public: “This is because e-scooters are classified as Personal Light Electric Vehicles (PLEVs) so they are considered as motor vehicles.

“As such, if they are to be used on roads, sidewalks or public places they are subject to the same legal requirements as any motor vehicle.

“We will also require that anyone using an e-scooter legally – i.e. on private land – carefully consider their safety before doing so.”

To ride an e-scooter, you must have Q-type benefits on your driver’s license.

A full or temporary UK license for categories AM, A or B includes a right for class Q. If you have one of these permits, you can use an e-scooter.

Should I ride my e-scooter on the road?

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.

The Covid pandemic has moved tests forward, because they provide people with a way to travel within a social distance.

You can use the test tram on roads (except highways) and on bike lanes.

You must not use the tram on the sidewalk.

Do I have to wear a helmet while riding on my e-scooter?

Motorists should wear a helmet when riding an e-scooter but this is not a legal requirement.

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’re on the field.” Is it illegal to ride a scooter on the road?

Caroline Bleakley

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