Updated: Sep 9, 2020
So what's the deal? Where can you ride your eScooter?
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Ok, so here is our very first post, something we feel is really current right now.
Are eScooters illegal?
I don’t know about you, but we’ve noticed a lot going on in the news about eScooters. Whether it’s on the phone or on the TV, there is something cropping up daily. For us it’s all rather exciting, I mean, it’s an efficient, fun, clean and economical way to travel, and also it’s as close as we’ll ever get to Marty McFly’s hoverboard from Back to the Future 2! But seriously, what is the deal? Are they legal, are they not legal?
Well, there isn’t a long or short answer, yes they are legal to own, and yes we can sell you one.. BUT, and it’s a rather large ‘but’, you can’t ride one in a public place - that means, the pavement (obviously because that would be really rather dangerous and irresponsible), the roads (that currently includes cycle lanes), a public park.. you catch the drift. You can ride them on private land of course, so if you have permission from the land owner or you’re lucky enough to own the land yourself, then you can enjoy your eScooter to your heart’s content!
But guys, I’ve seen people riding them on the news, what’s all that about? Ok, so from the 4th July, the Government legalised eScooter rental trials up and down the country. This eScooter trial scheme has been set-up in view that eScooters could be a fast and clean way to travel that eases the burden on the transport network and allows for social distancing, and we certainly agree that eScooters would ease that burden. These trials were due to start from 2021, but due to Covid19 and the importance of social distancing, and the safety of solo travel it was rightly brought forward. So, yes, you can ride a rented eScooter as part of the trial, but you do need to hold a provisional driving licence to do so. The Government recommends you wear a helmet, but it’s not compulsory, I would say, definitely wear a helmet and protective clothing, as even though eScooters are completely safe, there is always a risk with any type of vehicle, and accidents occasionally happen.
Anyway! I hope we've answered some of your questions. Please Ride responsibly.