Thank you for writing to me with your concerns regarding e-scooters.
As you may be aware, the Department for Transport is running a series of electric scooter trials in select areas across the country. The trials will run for twelve months, allowing the Government to investigate the benefits and costs of electric scooters. It is being considered if e-scooters could ease the burden on the transport network and, in light of the coronavirus pandemic, help to facilitate social distancing. However, the Government will need to scrutinise the full impact of e-scooters before any decision is made on whether they should be legalised.
Some councils have raised concerns about the trials after reports of misuse of e-scooters, such as use in pedestrianised areas. This is against the clear government guidance first published in July, which lists the rules for members of the general public who are using e-scooters as part of trials. The full list of guidelines can be found here:
As I understand it, two cities have halted the trials due to these issues, and I welcome the fact that councils are prioritising the safety and concerns of their communities. I am told that the trials that have been put on hold will be reviewed by local authorities, and may resume only when they can be sure that e-scooters will be used safely and appropriately.
Ministers have been clear that more robust initial launch plans must be put in place for future trials, and it is my understanding that the Department for Transport is using this feedback to help other trials to avoid these issues.
Please be assured that I have taken note of your concerns and will raise them, where appropriate, in discussions with relevant ministerial colleagues.
Thank you again for writing to me.
With best wishes.
Jonathan Lord MP
Member of Parliament for Woking