UK government urged to up its game on e-scooter regulation

With other European countries clamping down on this emerging risk, the UK government has been urged to change the legislative landscape with regard to e-scooters.

In a recent referendum, Parisian voted by a landslide to remove e-scooter rental services, with major Anne Hidalgo pledging to abide by the vote. As it stands, the city’s fleet of about 15,000 rental e-scooters disappeared from Paris’ streets this month. 

However, E-scooters were largely popular in the French capital, with data showing that each rental scooter was used on average 3.5 times a day, more than any other city in Europe. In the UK, as it stands, e-scooters are illegal on public spaces – yet they are still available to buy and use on public property. 

Oliver Montague, CEO and co-founder of Swytch Technology, commented on what Paris’ e-scooter ban could spell for the future of e-mobility in the UK: “E-mobility is the future of travel – and we should be looking to embrace it in the safest way possible. Whilst the e-bike represents the most efficient way to get around, if regulated in a safe way, e-scooters could have a large impact in reducing carbon emissions and promoting sustainable forms of travel.”

“Paris has become the latest city to ban e-scooters, as is currently the case in the UK on public roads. The problem is that when you buy an e-scooter in the UK, retailers don’t mention that they are only legal on private land. The onus now lies on The Department for Transportation to speed up on regulations to enable them to be used on roads in a safe way.”
“Mandates that would control factors such as wheel size, battery safety, lights, and speed need to be examined in order for the country to grasp the benefits of e-scooters. With increased management and more government intervention, the normalisation and introduction of these forms of micro-mobility could help us not only reach our net-zero goals but help us achieve other sustainability initiatives, such as the 15-minute city.”