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.


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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