E-Scooter Legislation

E-Scooters are not illegal in their own right. You can purchase, own and ride one on private land as long as you have the landowner's permission. However, you cannot currently ride an e-scooter on the road, pavement, cycle paths or in any other public areas.

Unlike mobility scooters or e-bikes which have their own legislative regimes, there is presently no legislation to support the use of the e-scooters. 

Frequently Asked Questions

The wearing of a cycle helmet whilst using an electric scooter is recommended but currently not a requirement by law. The helmet should meet all current cycle helmet regulations and be of the correct size and fitted securely.

As e-scooters are powered by a motor, they fall into a category called ‘powered transporters’ which is a blanket term for a range of new and upcoming motorised devices for personal transportation. Powered transporters also includes quads, go-peds, mini-motos, hoverboards and segways.

Electric bikes or e-bikes fall under different regulations for electrically assisted pedal cycles (EAPCs).

Electric scooters fall into the legal definition of a motor vehicle and as such the laws that govern motor vehicles and their use also apply to e-scooters.

E-scooters are required to have valid motor insurance. If you are renting an e-scooter from a firm that is involved in e-scooter rental trials, then they will provide insurance cover as part of the rental scheme.

There are some specific driving licence requirements for using an e-scooter:

UK Licences must have category Q entitlement. This category is included in A, B & AM categories. A full or provisional licence is required. If on a provisional licence you don’t need to display learner plates whilst using an e-scooter.

It's an offence to use an e-scooter on the pavement. Section 72 of the Highway Act 1835 states that it is an offence to ride on, or to lead or draw a carriage on a pavement. This rule applies to almost all vehicles, with a legal exceptions for mobility scooters and wheelchairs.

It is also illegal to use a powered transporter such as a segway, hoverboard, U-wheel, powered mini scooter (go-ped) or powered unicycle on a footpath. Mechanically propelled vehicles are forbidden from using footpaths by section 34 Road Traffic Act 1988.

Why Choose Us?

We specialise in representing e-scooter riders who have been injured in road traffic incidents through no fault of their own.

We will provide you with expert legal advice and representation.

We are passionate about ensuring injured vulnerable road users are treated fairly when pursuing accident compensation claims and receive the best possible outcome.

We cover the whole of Scotland, with appointments available at times that suit you. If you’re unable to come to us, we’ll come to you.

We operate on a "no win no fee" basis.

We will keep you up-to-date with the progress of your claim – every step of the way.

We will undertake robust investigations to determine exactly what happened at the road traffic incident whilst riding your e-scooter.

We ride e-scooters too and we have a wealth of legal experience.

We will listen to you.

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We will fund your case. You will not have to put your hand in your pocket to pay for medical reports, police statements, re-construction accident reports and all the other outlays which must be incurred to enable us to investigate and present your case. If your case is settled without going to Court, we recover the outlays from the third party insurer so no charge is made to you for these expenses.

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