E-Scooters: Trusty Travel or Motoring Menace?Paul Woolliscroft
We are sure you will have seen a number of e-scooters pop up in the local area.
In May 2020, the Department for Transport authorised the use of rental e-scooters on public roads so they could explore their impact before making a final decision on their permanent use.
Since September 2020, a number of e-scooters have been available to rent within the Newcastle-under-Lyme and Stafford areas. These areas chose different e-scooter providers and as a result they have slightly different rules of use, so it is recommended to check each providers specific rules before deciding to hire.
During the trial period, it is compulsory for all e-scooters to have motor insurance which is currently arranged by the rental operator, however it is not clear what the position will be after the trial.
Did you know that if you own an e-scooter, it is illegal to use it on public roads and pavements and can only be used on private land? Hence there being no requirement to have insurance for your private e-scooter whilst using it on private land. However, it will be interesting to see what the Government decide following these trials.
As best practice, it is always a good idea to have insurance whilst on the public road whether or not the Government make it compulsory. Otherwise, if you are involved in an accident or cause injury to another person, you may find that you are involved in an expensive litigation process that you must meet out of your own funds rather than being insured for this risk.