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e-scooters: pavement nuisance or transport innovation?

25 June 2020

In the first session of this inquiry, the Transport committee hears from academics, road, and pavement user groups on the future role of e-scooters and what the main issues would be if legalised.


Wednesday 1 July - remote participation by witnesses and members of the Committee

At 9.30am

  • Professor Jillian Anable, Chair in Transport and Energy, University of Leeds
  • Dr Graeme Sherriff, Research Fellow, University of Salford

At 10.20am

  • Rachel Lee, Policy and Research Manager, Living Streets
  • Lorna Lee, Campaigns Manager, Automobile Association (AA)
  • Phillip Darnton OBE, Chair, Bicycle Association
  • Eleanor Southwood, Chair, Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)

Focus of the session

In the first panel, the committee hears from two academics with research expertise in transport systems and micromobility. In the second panel, the committee hears the perspectives of other road, and pavement user groups.

MPs are likely to explore:

  • what role e-scooters could play in the UK's future transport mix;
  • whether legalising e-scooters would decrease congestion or move people from other modes of active travel, such as walking or cycling;
  • where e-scooters should be used, and the implications that might have for pedestrians and other road users, including those with disabilities;
  • if there is evidence that it will help the UK meet its net-zero target by 2050; and
  • the safety implications for e-scooters, to include minimum design requirements to ensure safety of the vehicles and personal safety.

Please note that Parliament has stopped all non-essential visitor access to both Houses due to the circumstances around coronavirus. The session, will be available to watch online, and a transcript for the session will be published on the website a few days afterwards.

Further information

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