What does the law say about
where you can ride?
The UK is currently in the midst of a fast-moving mobility revolution. Unfortunately however, the law just hasn’t kept pace, classing electric scooters and skateboards as ‘carriages’, meaning that at present, it is still illegal to use them on UK pavements, cycle lanes and public roads. However, whilst this might mean you’re legally only left with private land to ride on, things might be about to move in the right direction.
In July 2018, the Department of Transport began its ‘Future of Mobility’ consultation with the purpose of examining the possible changes to the law that are needed right now to encourage new modes of transport. In November 2018, a US electric scooter rental firm became the first to be given permission to trial its rental scheme in London’s Olympic Park. This may just pave the way for others to follow very soon.