Get on your (rental) e-scooter…

This week saw new regulations being introduced to allow rental e-scooters to be allowed on UK roads. Middlesbrough is the first city to be able to legally ride electric scooters on the open road.

The trials are designed to see whether their usage will reduce motor traffic, and if successful may be rolled out to other council areas, with many expressing an interest. The change in the law only pertains to rental e-scooters and riders must be over 16 and have a full or provisional car, motorcycle or moped licence to take part in the trials.

The scooters will be strictly prohibited on pavements and be limited to 15mph. Riders are encouraged to wear helmets.

Individually owned scooters will still be illegal on public roads.

More information can be found here.

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