Following the Prince of Wales’ speech at state opening of parliament and the Government’s agenda for the next parliamentary year being set out privately owned e-scooters could be legalised for use on public roads and cycle lanes in the UK.
He said: “Her Majesty’s Government will improve transport across the United Kingdom, delivering safer, cleaner services and enabling more innovations.” It’s possible that the pledge to enable more innovations could refer to the legalisation of private e-scooter use, after transport secretary Grant Shapps previously hinted at a Transport Committee session that the speech would include such an announcement. At present, only e-scooters operated, registered and insured by authorised rental firms can legally be used on public roads. These scooters require riders to scan a full or provisional UK driving licence in order to unlock them. Hopefully the change in legislation will provide a positive shift in greener localised travel.