By Claire Ellcott Political Correspondent For The Daily Mail
Published: 00:01 BST, 2 October 2020 | Updated: 00:01 BST, 2 October 2020
E-scooters should be fully legalised within 18 months but must be kept off footpaths, MPs said yesterday.
They believe that while the battery-powered two-wheelers help cut car journeys and pollution, they are a severe risk when used on pavements.
Since July, the law has allowed local councils to authorise the use of rented scooters on roads, cycle ways and tracks on a trial basis.
E-scooters should be fully legalised within 18 months but must be kept off footpaths, MPs said yesterday
Areas including Teesside, Hartlepool, Milton Keynes, Northamptonshire and the West Midlands have signed up.
Safety helmets are recommended but not compulsory, speed must be limited to 15.5mph and riders need a full or provisional car, motorcycle or moped licence.
They must also be 16 or over.
Privately owned models can be legally used only on private land with the permission of the owner.
However, the restrictions are being widely