E-Scooters Should Be Legalized, Says The Transportation Committee
E-scooters should be legalized, says the Transportation Committee
Electric scooters should be legalized on the streets, but sidewalks should be banned, the MPs’ Transport Committee said.Currently, private electric scooters are banned everywhere in the UK except on private land.
The committee argues that vehicles that typically travel between 9 and 15 mph could be an environmentally friendly alternative to automobiles.Official tests for rented electric scooters have already been announced in some places in England.
The Transportation Committee supported the introduction of electric scooters and asked the government to run tests to monitor the number and types of collisions that occurred. Describing the use of electric scooters on sidewalks as “dangerous and unsocial”, the committee said the law should “prohibit use on sidewalks” and that “strict enforcement” would be required.
The committee also recommended allowing local authorities to control the speed of electric scooters and encouraging users to wear helmets. He also said there were “legitimate environmental concerns” about the processes used to charge e-scooter batteries and recommended that the Department of Transportation monitor the environmental impact.
Tees Valley, Milton Keynes Borough, Northamptonshire and the West Midlands signed up to test the use of rental electric scooters. However, a lawsuit in Coventry was abandoned five days after concerns about pedestrian safety and the abandonment of electric scooters on the streets.
“Full of difficulties”
Committee chairman Huw Merriman said, “Electric scooters have the potential to become an exciting and ingenious way to navigate our streets and get from place to place. If it allows people to get out of car, reduce traffic jam s and exercise outside, even better. But he added: (We need to ensure that their arrival on our streets does not make life difficult for pedestrians, and especially for people with disabilities.)
Nicholas Lyes, head of RAC road policy, said electric scooters could “change the number of people we move,” but added that “the way to get them in safely is littered with pitfalls”. . He called for effective regulation and training of motorcyclists to ensure that electric scooter riders, cyclists and motorcyclists can safely share “limited space on the road”.
And Cycling UK’s Roger Geffen said the maximum speed and weight of electric scooters must be reduced before legalization.
A spokesman for the Department of Transportation said: ( We welcome the outcome of today’s committee report and believe that e-scooters can provide affordable, reliable sustainable transportation. )
( Safety will always be our number one priority and our current testing will give us better understanding of the benefits of electric scooters and their impact on public spaces and will help us shape future regulations.)