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.
The Chair of the Transport Committee, Huw Merriman MP, said: “Electric scooters could be a useful lever to reduce our transport carbon footprint but their environmental credentials have yet to be proven. These ‘powered transporters’ could reduce the amount of time we spend in cars and reduce congestion but we don’t want to score an own goal by encouraging the use of micromobility vehicles instead of walking and cycling.”