Following the Department for Transport's publication of its consultation on micro-mobility vehicles, the Transport Committee has launched a short inquiry calling for evidence on the safety and environmental impacts of e-scooters. 

The Transport Committee's inquiry will also look at the impact of e-scooters on congestion and their potential to reduce UK greenhouse gas emissions as part of the Government's commitment to reach net-zero by 2050. 

Currently, e-scooters are banned everywhere except private land (with the landowners permission) and are subject to laws that apply to all motor vehicles. 

The Transport Committee is calling for evidence in a number of areas including: 

  • how appropriate current legislation is for e-scooters;
  • the benefits of e-scooters and the areas in which they could be used;
  • the experience of other countries where e-scooters are legal on the roads.

The deadline for submissions is 2 June 2020.