Electric Scooter Petition

Change the law to allow electric scooters on UK roads

Have you bought an electric scooter recently or are you considering purchasing one? Join us in calling for an end to the road ban on privately owned electric scooters and making their use safe and legal on public roads. We believe their safe use has the potential to revolutionise the way we travel and can help address pollution and congestion problems.

The current UK law states that you can ride a bike, drive a car or even saddle up a horse on the road, but you can’t ride a privately owned electric scooter. The Government has recognised the potential for this technology with the introduction of electric scooter rental trials in areas across the country, but there is no immediate legislation for privately owned e-scooters to be allowed on those same roads, which will only cause confusion.

Our petition calls for the Government to legalise the use of all electric scooters on public roads and for the UK laws to catch up with the rest of the world. They are legal and allowed on the streets of many countries across Europe and the rest of the world. Any new regulations should deliver safer roads and ensure that electric scooters road users behave responsibly and with due care and attention, but the current blanket ban on electric scooters does not offer this.

If made legal, electric scooters could offer a number of benefits. They offer an alternative to using public transport – for shorter journeys, they take minutes to set up and are simple to ride and they are better for the environment, helping to ease congestion and address pollution problems.

On the 10th of May 2022, e-scooter legislation was included in the Queen's Speech as part of the Transport Bill, marking the UK government’s intention to introduce legislation to regulate the use of private e-scooters.

It’s currently illegal to ride a privately owned e-scooter on a public road, pavement, cycle lane or bridleway. Privately owned e-scooters can only be ridden on private land with the permission on the landowner.

Customers should be aware that if they use a private e-scooter illegally, they could face a fine and penalty points on their licence, and the e-scooter could be impounded.