As we mentioned in our recent blog, ‘Is it Legal to Ride an Electric Scooter in the UK’, the government has begun the process of updating legislation to make electric scooters legal to ride on UK streets.
While this is an excellent step in the right direction, the legal processes required to change the laws are lengthy, and in the current circumstances we believe that the legislation should be urgently prioritised to allow electric scooter owners to avoid using crowded public transport.
If you would like to help us raise this issue with the government, please sign this petition which requests that escooters are legalised as soon as possible.
A Few Reasons to Legalise Electric Scooters
- Urban roads are increasingly congested – electric scooters encourage people out of their cars.
- Air pollution levels are unacceptably high in many towns and cities – escooters are an emission-free alternative.
- Supporting first and last mile public transport travel, portable electric scooters are a commuter essential.
- A healthy way to travel, escooters encourage a more active lifestyle, getting riders out into the fresh air.
- A recent report concluded that trips by electric scooter in urban areas were safer than trips by car or motorbike.
Additional Reasons in the Current Crisis
- Reduced public transport services are cramped and crowded, and social distancing rules often can’t be adhered to.
- Touching shared surfaces on buses and trains increases the risk of virus transmission.
- Re-circulated air is an additional risk to public transport passengers, while escooters encourage fresh air.
- Anxiety over public transport hygiene is driving commuters into their cars, and will continue to do so even when transport systems are fully re-opened.
At eScooter, we believe that micromobility vehicles, including electric scooters, are a vital part of the UK government’s plan for transport revolution, as detailed in the ‘Future of Transport Regulatory Review’. Given the crisis that the entire country faces now and through the coming months, we strongly believe that this legislation needs to be fast-tracked through parliament, now.
Please click here to sign the petition.