Are you considering buying an electric scooter? They have become extremely popular amongst leisure riders and commuters.
Electric scooters are reliable, eco-friendly and easy to use. However, the law surrounding their use in the UK can be confusing.
In this guide, we will highlight electric scooter laws in the UK and explain what they mean for you. The information here is for advice only and based on current UK laws. They are subject to change.
Electric Scooter Law UK
So what is the current electric scooter law in the UK?
Electric Scooters are legal and you can purchase them ride here from Electric Rides Direct and from many other e-scooter retailers.
However, let’s explain why some people may find the law a bit confusing.
The department of transport classes electric scooters as Personal Llight Electric Vehicles.
There are currently two laws which relate to riding electric scooters on roads and pavements.
The 1988 Road Traffic Act makes it illegal to ride PLEVs such as electric scooters on UK roads.
The 1835 Highway Act also makes it illegal to ride electric scooters on pavements.
Where Can You Ride Electric Scooters Legally Scooters in The UK?
E-scooters are currently only legal on private land such as your garden or driveway.
You should not ride an e-scooter on the road or the pavement as you may be fined and have points put onto your licence. Your scooter could also be impounded.
Will The Law Change Soon?
It is unclear when the laws regarding electric scooters will change. The government conduct ongoing reviews into these laws. At the moment, whenn you buy an electric sccoter, you don’t have to register, tax or insure it. This could change in the future.
In June 2020, the UK government announced that as part of a shakeup of transport laws, electric scooters are being tested on roads in parts of the UK.
The so called ‘Future Transport Zones’ are in Portsmouth and Southampton; the West of England Combined Authority (WECA); Derby and Nottingham; and the West Midlands.
The aim of the trial is to assess how safe electric scooters are. The government is considering whether to introduce a minimum age for riders, speed limits on roads and whether helmets and other protective equipment should be mandatory.
A successful trial could mean electric scooters become legal on the roads. However, for now, it is still illegal to ride an electric scooter on the roads or pavements in the UK.
Only ride your e scooter on private land such as in your garden or driveway.