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Escalation of e-scooter trials raises questions

17 July 2020

The Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee has published a report raising questions over the escalation of e-scooter trials

The Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee has today published a report on the Department for Transport's plans to increase radically, and speed up, trials for the use of e-scooters in Britain. The schemes originally planned have now been overtaken by plans which permit any local authority to apply to host a scheme.

The Committee has drawn these Regulations to the special attention of the House on the ground that they give insufficient information on how these schemes are intended to operate. Similar schemes have been running in cities abroad for some time and many have proved controversial.

The Committee says the Government should have provided more evidence on safety and public nuisance from those schemes to shape DfT's proposal. Instead, a small data gathering exercise has turned into an implementation programme with more questions than answers:

  • How will the road infrastructure cope with the expected escalation?
  • Why are helmets not mandatory?
  • What about risks to pedestrians?