are electric scooters legal to ride on public road in uk

Are electric scooters legal – Ultimate Guide Part 2

Electric scooters are eco-friendly method of transport, which is becoming increasingly popular around the world. Before you buy an electric scooter, lets find out: ‘Are electric scooters legal?

You can own an electric scooter in UK and it is perfectly legal. In addition to owning an electric scooter, selling electric scooters is also legal.

However, when it comes to riding an electric scooter – there are restrictions.

When you own an electric scooter, it becomes privately owned. Under the official guidelines, it is currently ‘NOT LEGAL’ to ride a privately owned electric scooter on public roads, cycle lanes, pavements or any pedestrian areas.

This could soon change – So, read on to find out more.

electric scooter uk

Electric scooters are becoming very popular, as these are a convenient way of transport. As a law-abiding citizen you want to find out, if electric scooters are legal on road.

Currently, electric scooters which are privately owned i.e. owned by an individual are not legally allowed on public roads or any other public places.

However, if you want to use electric scooter for short commutes on public roads. Then, you are allowed to ride a rented electric scooter on public roads.

So, are electric scooters illegal?

Well, we wouldn’t say that electric scooters are illegal.

It is perfectly legal to buy, sell or own an electric scooter.

Restrictions only apply regarding riding an electric scooter. It is perfectly legal to ride an electric scooter on a privately owned land, with the permission of a land-owner. However, when it comes to public roads, riding a privately owned electric scooter is not allowed.

Are you wondering, what electric scooter is legal to ride on public road? The answer to this question is: Any electric scooter rented as part of e-scooter trails in UK can be legally driven on public roads.

Electric scooters are legal on privately owned lands with the permission of a land-owner.

In addition to this, an electric scooter rented through a rental company is legal to drive on public roads. Currently, trials are under way in 31 regions across UK.

Where are electric scooters illegal?

Electric scooters are illegal to drive on public roads, bus lanes, cycle lanes, motorways, shopping centers, public places, and any other public areas.

Why are electric scooters illegal on public roads?

electric scooter in cycle lane

At this point you are probably wondering ‘why are electric scooter illegal on public roads?’. The short answer to this questions is ‘safety of electric scooters’.

 Yes, electric scooters are illegal on public roads due to safety concerns. This includes safety of both, the rider and the other roads users.

Until law making bodies are satisfied, electric scooter will not be allowed on public roads.

This is way, currently, there are electric scooters trials taking place in different cities in the UK to find out how safe are electric scooters.

Many people are asking this question; ‘when are electric scooters going to be legal in UK?’.

Well this depends on finding form e-scooters trials which are under way in 31 different regions of UK.

Initially, the electric scooter safety trials were going to take place between 2020 and 2021. However, due to pandemic the trial period was extended until end of November 2022.

So, until then we have to sit tight and wait for the finding from these trails.

Yes, we hope so!

But it all depends on finding from e-scooter trials which end in November 2022. However, in most likely scenario, there will be a consultation phase before any changes are made to current rules and regulations.

electric scooters speed limit

Currently, there are trials under way in UK in hope to find out more about safety of electric scooters.

The electric scooters which can be rented as a part of these trails can reach a maximum speed of 15.5 mpg with 500w electric motor. Any electric scooter which exceeds this speed can not be used in e-scooter trails.

Therefore, it is safe to say if electric scooters are legalised in UK on public roads. The maximum allowed speed on public roads for electric scooters will not exceed 15.5 miles per hour.

In answer to the question, ‘Are 30 mph electric scooters legal on public roads?’. The simple answer is ‘no’. Also, it is very unlikely that 30 mph electric scooters will ever be legal on public roads due to safety reasons.

Are 40 mph electric scooters allowed on public roads?

As discussed above in previous question – 40mph electric scooters are not allowed on public roads.

Where can I ride 30 mph electric scooter?

Any scooter which can reach a speed of 30 mph can only be driven on a privately owned land and is not allowed on public roads.

Where are electric scooter trials taking place in UK?

According to .gov website. The electric scooter trails are taking place in following areas:

Bournemouth and Poole



Cheshire West and Chester



Essex- Basildon, Braintree, Brentwood, Chelmsford and Colchester


Great Yarmouth




Milton Keynes


Northampton, Kettering, Corby, Wellingborough

North Devon

North Lincolnshire







Solent- Isle of Wight, Portsmouth, Southampton

Somerset West- Taunton and Minehead

South Somerset


Tees Valley- Hartlepool. Middlesbrough

West Midlands- Birmingham, Coventry

West of England- Bristol, Bath


Do I need insurance to drive electric scooter on public road?

Currently , only electric scooters legally allowed on public roads are through e-scooters rental trial. These E-scooter do not need to be insured by an individual to ride as these are already insured by rental companies.

Do I need license to ride electric scooters?

do i need a driving licence to ride an e-scooter

Electric scooters on private lands do not require a license. However, to drive a rental electric scooter on public roads, a license is required.

An individual can ride an electric scooter even with a provisional license. There is no requirement to display L plates on the e-scooter if you have a provisional license.

Is a number plate required for an electric scooter?

Number plates are not required.

Do I need to pay road tax for electric scooters?

Road tax (also known as vehicle excise duty) is paid annually on most petrol and diesel cars. Vehicle excise duty is not payable on electric scooters as these a eco-friendly and cleaner mode of transport.

Do I need a helmet to ride an e-scooter?

Although it is not a legal requirement, but it is strongly recommended to use a cycle helmet while riding an e-scooter.

Can I ride a electric scooter on pavement?

You are not allowed to ride any electric scooter on pavements. You can receive a penalty from law enforcement agents for riding an electric scooter on pavements .

Where can I drive rental e scooters?

Rental electric scooters can be driven on public roads (excluding motorways) and cycle lanes.

What is the weight limit on electric scooters?

Electric scooters weight limit varies depending on make and model of the e-scooter. Normally, the weight limit is between 70kg-120kg. Weight limit on rental e-scooter is 100kg.

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