E-scooters, hoverboards, motorised unicycles and similar devices like Segways, broadly have the same rules and guidelines for their use.
Legally, they're classed by the UK government as 'powered transporters' which means they're subject to the same laws and guidance as road vehicles (they're defined under Road Traffic Act 1988).
Generally, electric scooters, hoverboards, Segways and similar are only allowed on private land with the owner's permission. It's basically against the law to use them on public roads, pavements, cycle lanes, or pedestrian-only areas. This includes parks, car parks, university campuses or other similar areas with public access.
However, in the West Midlands, there is an e-scooter scheme with a company called Beryl. Where this trial, and others similar in the UK are taking place, e-scooters are allowed to be used on public roadways (not pavements) under specific guidelines.
Find out more about trials elsewhere on the gov.uk website.`
Note - the term 'powered transporters' does not apply to electrically-assisted pedal cycles (EAPCs) or e-bikes, which have their own regulatory framework. Find out more about those on our E-bikes page.
General tips for using e-scooters or similar.
If you use an e-scooter or other powered transport device, you should:
- carry a mobile phone for emergencies
- wear a helmet and appropriate clothing
- ride on suitable surfaces – avoid uneven surfaces, gravel and grass
- avoid distractions, like using headphones or your phone, while riding.
You should NOT ride:
- on pavements, roads, canal towpaths or motorways or any publicly accessible places, as described above
- while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- with more than one person on the scooter.
For tips on safely maintaining your e-scooter, take a look at this great page by Halfords - Electric Scooter Maintenance Guide
Beryl e-scooter hire scheme in the West Midlands
Who can use them?
Rider aged 18 or over that hold a valid UK Driving Licence.
Where can you use them?
The Beryl e-scooters can be used on roads, cycle lanes, carriageways and other areas where cycling is permitted but not on pavements. Every Beryl e-scooter has vehicle approval from the Department for Transport (DfT), ensuring it meets the highest safety standards.
People are also reminded that only e-scooters hired from the approved trial scheme can be ridden on the highway and public places.
How can you hire one?
All the details on hiring the West Midlands scheme e-scooters can be found on the Beryl website.
If you choose to hire a Beryl e-scooter, please ensure you follow our safety tips found on this page and read all the Beryl safety information on their website, before using one.