E-scooters ought to be legalised on roads however driving on pavements ought to be prohibited, the Transport Committee of MPs has stated.
At the moment, privately-owned e-scooters are banned to make use of within the UK anyplace besides on non-public land.
The committee argues the automobiles, which normally journey 9-15mph, may provide a inexperienced various to the automotive.
Official trials of rented e-scooters have already been introduced in some locations in England.
Whereas supporting the introduction of e-scooters, the Transport Committee stated the federal government ought to use trials to observe the numbers and kinds of collisions that happen.
Describing driving e-scooters on pavements as “harmful and anti-social”, the committee stated the regulation ought to “prohibit their use on pavements” and that “strong enforcement measures” can be wanted.
Additional committee suggestions embody permitting native authorities to find out the pace of e-scooters and inspiring customers to put on helmets.
It additionally stated there are “legitimate environmental considerations” concerning the processes used to recharge e-scooter batteries and suggested the Division for Transport to observe the environmental impression.
The Tees Valley, Milton Keynes Borough, Northamptonshire, and the West Midlands have signed as much as trial the usage of rental e-scooters.
Nevertheless a trial in Coventry was paused after 5 days following considerations over pedestrian security and e-scooters being deserted on the streets.
‘Fraught with difficulties’
Committee chair Huw Merriman stated: “E-scooters have the potential to change into an thrilling and ingenious option to navigate our streets and get from place to position.
“If this will get individuals out of the automotive, decreasing congestion and exercising within the open air, then even higher.”
However he added: “We have to be certain that their arrival on our streets would not make life tougher for pedestrians, and particularly disabled individuals.”
RAC head of roads coverage Nicholas Lyes stated e-scooters may “rework how many people get round” however added “the trail to introducing them safely is fraught with difficulties”.
He known as for efficient regulation and training of riders to make sure “restricted street area” may very well be shared safely by drivers, cyclists and e-scooter riders.
And Roger Geffen from Biking UK stated the utmost pace and weight of e-scooters ought to be diminished earlier than legalisation.
A Division for Transport spokesperson stated: “We welcome the end result of the committee’s report at this time and imagine that e-scooters can provide an reasonably priced, dependable and sustainable option to journey.
“Security will all the time be our prime precedence and our present trials are permitting us to higher perceive the advantages of e-scooters and their impression on public area, serving to us to design future laws.”