To learn more about this early e-scooter see article published in history group today.
We're seeing increasing number of these relatively new e-scooters whizzing about our streets, but few of us know what's actually permitted.
Here's what I've been able to discern from the wisdom of the web.
Until last summer the vehicles were only allowed on private land. But, from last August they were allowed on the streets in specified trial areas.
According to the Metropolitan Police,
E-scooters come under the category of “powered transporters”. This also covers a range of other personal transport devices which are powered by a motor.
“Powered transporters” fall within the legal definition of a motor vehicle under the Road Traffic Act 1988. Therefore, the rules that apply to motor vehicles, also apply to e-scooters.
As a motor vehicle, they must comply with various pieces of Road Traffic Legislation, including but not limited to:
- driving with a licence
- driving/riding with insurance
- driving/riding other than on a road
- need to be taxed
The internet tells me that the London trial is due to start in the summer. But, I can't find a specific date. Back in March, media was reporting that only 11 of 33 London boroughs signed up. But I can't see which ones did and whether that includes Haringey and/or our neighbouring boroughs. (But I've put a question out to Haringey on Twitter).
I have seen some with seats . And to be used by pavement Hoppers
Yesterday afternoon I saw a young boy of around 8-10 years travelling southwards down Middle Lane on an e-scooter, taking up the centre of the carriage-way with absolute confidence.
An update on the London trials, here.