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Are electric scooters legal in London and how fast can you go?

If you journey through London it is impossible not to lay eyes on an electric scooter these days as commuters, day trippers and thrill seeking teens zip in and out of the traffic, avoiding the congestion, but are e-scooters actually legal in London and how fast can you go?

 Yes, they are legal to ride in London, but officially, you can only do so within the law if you ride a rental e-scooter and you will need to check details carefully, because the law differs from borough to borough. The speed limit for these scooters is capped at 12.5 mph and they automatically slow down to 8mph in certain areas.

 The Government has identified, however, that e-scooters are an eco-friendly mode of transport that can help ease congestion in the city and reduce air pollution. The current rental trial, which started in June 2021 is being used as a means to see how popular they are and what difference it makes to London’s busy roads. The trial is running in a number of boroughs plus Canary Wharf and the scooters are provided by Dott, Lime and TIER.

 At the moment, private e-scooters are not allowed to be ridden either on pavements or roads, but you are free to use them only privately owned land. They are classed as a motor vehicle and as such, you’d need to be insured to ride one on the roads – there is a £300 fine or six points on your license if you are caught using any motor vehicle with no insurance.

 Riding them on pavements is an offence and to use one of the rental e-scooters available throughout the capital, you need to be over the age of 18 and in possession of a full provisional driving license.

 On Monday December 13th, TFL announced that passengers could not carry e-scooters or e-unicycles on trains, tubes or buses following reports that some privately owned e-scooters and e-unicycles caused fires on the network due to faulty batteries – you can rest assured that any model bought from us, is fully certified, meets stringent safety requirements and doesn’t pose a fire risk.

 The batteries on one e-scooter exploded on a district line train causing the carriage to fill with toxic fumes and another, burst into flames at a depot in Stanmore. A review by TFL found that these incidents were caused by faulty batteries that did not meet the current EU safety standards – certainly a good reason to avoid any cheaper models that don’t come from reputable manufacturers.

 E-scooters are available to hire in the following London boroughs –

 

Camden

City of London

Ealing

Hammersmith & Fulham

Kensingon and Chelsea

Lambeth

Richmond

Southwark

Tower Hamlets

Westminster

 All first time e-scooter riders have to undergo training before they can hire and ride and the lights are always switched on, in the front and the rear, for safety reasons, whatever time of day or night you travel.

 

 

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