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E-scooters, hoverboards and similar devices

E-scooters, hoverboards, motorised unicycles and similar devices like Segways can only be used on private land. Find out how to use and maintain them safely.
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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).

Right now, 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.

In some areas of the UK, e-scooter trials are taking place. Under those trials, e-scooters are allowed to be used on public roadways under specific guidelines. Currently, the West Midlands trial, previously run by Voi, has come to an end. Find out more about trials elsewhere on the 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

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