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Report sets out recommendations for full legalisation of e-scooters

Updated: Sep 28, 2021

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A new report by Centre for London has set out recommendations for the introduction of full legislation for the public use of 'micromobility vehicles' such as e-scooters.

According to Centre for London, micromobility – small vehicles which can be ridden safely in cycle lanes such as bikes, e-bikes and e-scooters – have the potential to reduce car use, cut carbon emissions, and improve air quality.

However, as with all forms of travel, increased micromobility use also presents some risks, such as the safety of riders and pedestrians, and questions over accessibility.

The report suggests that any investment or policy which seeks to increase the use of micromobility should be guided by the following key principles:

  • Put pedestrians’ interests first, including their safety and convenience.

  • Consider the experiences of current and potential users of micromobility.

  • Contribute to net zero carbon emissions.

  • Make it possible for all Londoners to use micromobility modes.

Key recommendations:

  • To make the most of the opportunities presented by micromobility at this critical moment, while reducing the associated risks:

  • National government should legalise private ownership and safe ridership of e-scooters, alongside shared schemes. All vehicles must meet minimum safety standards at the point of sale and while being ridden, such as a maximum permitted speed and having lights.

  • Transport for London should be given the power to manage shared micromobility schemes across the city.

  • National government should offer tax incentives and loans to all citizens wanting to buy a micromobility vehicle, to make them as accessible as possible.

  • Operators of shared vehicle schemes should use penalties and rewards to encourage safe riding and parking and work with local authorities to deliver micromobility training.

  • Operators should also be required to provide access to vehicles in less populated areas, and work with Transport for London and local authorities to encourage take up of these vehicles by those least likely to consider using them.

  • The Greater London Authority (GLA) and local authorities should work together to ensure there is enough parking for current and projected demand for micromobility vehicles of all types. TfL and London boroughs must also regularly review demand and expand road space when needed.

The full list of their recommendations can be found here.


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