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Advice and guidance surrounding the rules of use for privately owned e-scooters.

Privately owned e-scooters

Privately owned e-scooters are currently illegal to use on public roads and pathways in Bedfordshire. If you are caught doing so you could receive;

  • Six points on your licence
  • £300 fine
  • Your scooter could be seized

The rules for private e-scooter and other powered transporters have not changed despite the introduction of government run e-scooter trials in certain areas.

It is only legal to use an e-scooter or powered transporter on private land with the permission of the land owner.

Due to the way powered transporters are motorised and designed, they fall within the legal definition of a ‘motor vehicle’, meaning the laws that apply to motor vehicles apply to powered transporters.

These include insurance; conformity with technical standards and standards of use; payment of vehicle tax, licensing, and registration; driver testing and licensing; and the use of relevant safety equipment.

Those who use powered transporters dangerously or under the influence of drink or drugs can also be convicted of offences leading to imprisonment. Offences related to the standard of driving and speeding also apply.

To find out more about the rule surrounding private e-scooters and other powered transporters, visit the government website (opens in new window).

E-scooter trials

The government is currently running trials of rental e-scooters in specific areas across the country, including neighbouring counties such as Milton Keynes and Cambridge, but they are not currently being trialled in Bedfordshire.

Rental e-scooter trials have a number of measurements in place to ensure they are safe for that community, such as a maximum speed limit of 15.5mph, a rider must have a category q driving licence, the rental operator will provide insurance and, in some cases, riders are asked to complete an online course beforehand.

To find our more about e-scooter trials, visit the government website (opens in new window).

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