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The Law around E-Scooters

Friday, May 28th, 2021

E-scooters have become a great deal more prevalent in recent months. With trial rental schemes in nearby towns, it is perhaps not surprising that there is confusion over the law on privately-owned scooters. Driving in London recently I was struck by the ubiquity of E-scooters – weaving in and out of traffic, on pavements, and some guy doing wheelies on the pavement.

The policing exercise below is an example of the confusion. Warnings were issued to over 30 e-scooter riders who were committing offences around Slough, but were unaware of the rules. It is fair to say that some of the comments on social media are not entirely sympathetic to the rules or enforcement.

We thought it would be useful, therefore, to publish guidance and links on the law surrounding E-scooters. These are taken from the Thames Valley Police website: Thames Valley Police: E-scooters – what are the rules?

Can I ride my e-scooter on the road?

What happens if I ride my e-scooter in a public place?

What are the rules for rental e-scooters?

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