The Government said that the Transport Bill, which was announced during Tuesday’s Queen’s Speech, will help them take the steps they need to make e-scooters safer and they will now consider how best to design future regulations.
While riding a privately owned e-scooter on public land is currently illegal, there are a number of Department for Transport-sponsored trials including the Beryl trial here on the Isle of Wight. These were sanctioned to help the DfT to better understand the benefits of properly regulated, safety-tested e-scooters and their impact on public space.
Currently, e-scooters sold for private use are unregulated and can only be used legally on private land with the landowner’s permission. But many of the 1million+ private e-scooters sold to date in the UK are being used illegally on the public highway.
Beryl CEO and Co-Founder, Phil Ellis, says:
“We welcome any legislation that seeks to remove barriers to sustainable transport and encourage the take up of greener transport transport options, reducing road congestion while improving air quality and public health.
“The success of our schemes has shown that, by instilling high standards of safety and operational control, you can introduce safe and sustainable schemes that can form an essential part of an integrated multimodal urban transport network.
“The key is to ensure delivery in partnership with authorities and in consultation with communities and key stakeholders and we have a proven track record of doing this successfully.”
During the trials, e-scooter riders are required to provide a valid UK Driving Licence to participate. They are also asked to provide feedback on their experiences using the vehicles to support data learnings on operating the service.
Beryl e-scooters can be used on roads, cycle lanes, carriageways and other areas where cycling is permitted but not on pavements.
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