Electric Scooter trials commence in London
Following on from successful launches of rental electric scooters (e-scooters), such as the Beryl scheme in the Bournemouth and Poole area, e-scooters became available to rent in six London Boroughs last month. This is a trial which will last for 12 months and it is likely that additional boroughs will join the programme. There are between 60 and 150 e-scooters available to rent per borough and this number could increase if operators can show there is a strong performance.
Safety standards will be higher than those set out at a national level, with a maximum speed of 12.5mph. The e-scooters will also have lights at the front and rear and there will be audible warning systems in place. There will be no-go areas where e-scooters cannot be ridden and will come to a safe stop. There will also be go-slow areas within each borough, where the e-scooters speed will reduce to a maximum of 8mph.
The rental E-scooters are only allowed to be ridden on the road and in cycle ways. It is illegal to ride privately owned e-scooters on public roads and pavements. Penalties for failing to adhere to these laws are a fine of up to £300 and six points on your driving licence.
It is likely that this rise in the number of e-scooters available to rent in London will cause an increased number of accidents.
If you have an enquiry regarding the use of or have been involved in an accident involving an e-scooter please call our experienced team of solicitors on 01202 525333 or email Emily.Ferris@ellisjones.co.uk for a free specialist consultation.