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Are e-scooters legal in the UK?

While it is legal to buy or sell an e-scooter, riding them on public roads, pavements or cycle lanes is against the law.

E-scooters are classed as a ‘powered transporter’ and are covered by the same laws and regulations that apply to all motor vehicles. As such, e-scooters would need to meet the different requirements (e.g. road tax, technical safety standards) of the Road Traffic Act 1988 to use public roads lawfully. Currently, e-scooters on the market cannot do so.

Also, the 1988 Act (section 34) together with the Highways Act 1835 (section 72) bans e-scooters (or as the law refers to them (‘mechanically propelled vehicles’ ) from pavements, cycle paths and public footpaths. This means that riders could face a £300 fine and six points on their licence if they use them on public roads or pavements.

Riding e-scooters on private land is, however, completely legal – with the landowner’s permission.