Monday, May 11th, 2020
eScooter Rules Should be Clarified
As Covid-19 ‘Lockdown’ restrictions ease there is a call for eScooter rules to be clarified
There cannot be many superyachts that do not carry at least one eScooter on board. Some have them for guest use but for many crew they are an ideal form of transport.
But while eScooters are entirely legal in many countries and cities around the world, in the UK they can only be used on private land and commercial sites.
However, despite eBikes and foot-scooters being legal on the public road eScooters are not – although they are in widespread use.
It is this anomaly that requires urgent clarification, together with a sensible ‘code of usage’.
The UK government has stated that ‘independent sustainable transport’ will be prioritised as the current Covid-19 restrictions are gradually lifted warning that otherwise car travel could become the default option.
A recent OECD Report concluded that eScooters would be safe and provide many benefits, and the Government are reported to be reviewing the legislation with a change in the law expected in the imminent future.
eMobility retailer, Electra-Zoom‘s Managing Director, Ollie Chadwick, welcomed that news saying, “The coronavirus crisis has created many difficulties, but it has also given us quieter, cleaner, safer, decongested towns and cities. To retain these benefits we must embrace sustainable options – now – if we are to ever change our travelling and commuting habits. We are, therefore, delighted to hear that substantial investment will be made to support this.”
Pedestrians, Cyclists, eBikes and eScooters all provide safe, affordable, environmentally friendly and sustainable transport.
They have a small ‘footprint’, offer convenient, independent, mobility, and, used responsibly, are safe and healthy.
They take pressure off the crowded public transport systems, and provide excellent levels of ‘distancing’ from other commuters and travellers
Clean, low cost, sustainable options such as cycling, walking and scootering offer a wealth of benefits.
Bikes and eBikes are gaining renewed popularity, but many cyclists still fear the return of high volumes of motor vehicle traffic.
eScooters are already in widespread use, but are still not formally legalised, and many potential users are eagerly awaiting this clarification.