UK Electric Scooter Law

UK Electric Scooter Law

E-scooters are growing in popularity in the UK, we clarify the rules around using an electric scooter in the UK

Thinking of buying an electric scooter? Read our FAQ on e-scooters to understand the laws around using them. If you are using an e-scooter which is part of a trail rental scheme then the laws that apply are slightly different and you should check with your electric scooter rental company.

E-scooters or electric scooters are growing in popularity in the UK. They are readily available and relatively cheap to buy. They are light, portable and obviously have environmental benefits with zero emmissions and have the potential to cut down the number of short journies made by car, such as commuting.

Whilst the benefits are obvious, the law surrounding the use of e-scooters is not so clear cut. There are various e-scooter trial rental schemes being carried out across select towns in the UK and the rules are different and many individuals elect to purchase their own electric scooters and it often comes as a shock that they illegal to use on any public property such as roads, cycle lanes and pavements.

Read our FAQs on the law surrounding the use of e-scooters below.

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1. What is classed as an e-scooter?

2. Do I need to wear a helmet whilst using an e-scooter?

3. Do I need a licence to ride an e-scooter?

4. Do I need insurance to use an e-scooter?

5. Can I ride an e-scooter on the pavement or footpaths?

6. Can I use an e-scooter on a cycle lane, bridleway or restricted byway?

7. Can I ride an e-scooter on the road?

8. Can I use an e-scooter in a car park/industrial estate/market square etc?

9. Can I ride an e-scooter on my property?

10. Can I be prosecuted for using an e-scooter?

11. Can you be fined for using an e-scooter?

12. Can you get banned from driving if found using an e-scooter whilst drunk?

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