E&I awaits UK trial results to form proposals on e-scooters

E-scooters could be used on-island in future, if UK trials go well.

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But owners are being warned it is currently illegal to use them on local highways.

The comments come after police officers have been giving words of advice to a number of people spotted using electric scooters on both roads and pavements in recent weeks.

Trials are ongoing in the UK looking at how the e-scooters can be safely used on public road infrastructure.

However, currently there is no legislation allowing them to be used outside of private property.

A Traffic & Highway Services spokesman said: ‘The Committee for the Environment & Infrastructure is awaiting the outcome of UK trials on the e-scooters to see what plans they develop. When those results come through, the committee has said it will then consider whether to support e-scooters and other personal light electric vehicles on the island. Any legal use would require a legislation change.’

While the scooters are only small, they often have no speed limitations and are fully powered by a motor.

As a result, they could be a hazard to pedestrians or other road users if misused.

This is unlike an electric bicycle, which is only assisted by its motor, and is limited to 15.5mph.

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