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Are Electric Scooters Legal to ride?

So are Electric Scooters legal in the UK?

The answer is Yes in that you can own once but there are a range of restrictions which make it a subject worth investing before riding one in your village, town or city.

I was driving through a local city the other day and someone was riding an electric scooter on the road, this is certainly illegal. At the time of writing, the Government are running a range of rental trails throughout the country.

So what are the rules with electric scooters in the UKOpens in a new tab. as it does seem very uncertain and confusing. For example Bristol, they have electric scooters as an alternative mode of transport to get around the city whereas Brighton are currently using electric bikes.

They are certainly a mode of transport that are increasing in popularity,

Why are Electric Scooters illegal in UK?

This is something many people search for, but infact they are not illegal. They are a legal mode of transport but only within particular circumstances.

As an electric scooter is a powered mode of transport, they are not allowed on pavements and cycle paths so come under the same rules as motor vehicles and motor cycles.

However, whereas a motor vehicle and bike is seen as legal for road use this is where an electric scooter is seen as not the case (for now).

To ensure a scooter of this kind was allowed on the road, it would require an MOT, tax and insurance as with cars and motor cycles as well as design and construction requirements. As you can appreciate, this is far from the case so at the moment electric scooters are illegal to ride on any road.

At the time of writing in March 2022, the Government are currently investing if to change the laws on road transport as technology is involving to laws need to be kept up to date with an advancing technological world.

Warning –

Due to the current laws, Police have the authority to confiscate any electric scooters being illegally ridden in the UK. In London, this expands to the Transport for London disallowing any private e-scooters from being carried on public transport.

However, around the world many different countries have already legalised electric powered scooters with many scooter retailers in the UK lobbying to the House of Lords for this to be the case in the United Kingdom.

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Do You Need Licence for an Electric Scooter?

To ride an electric scooter in the UK you need to be over 18 years of age and have a full or provisional driving licence to be able to legally rent a scooter.

If you are caught riding these vehicles without a licence, you will be liable to a fixed penalty fine of £300 and six points on your driving licence.

What Happens If You Get Caught Riding an Electric Scooter?

As above, if you are caught riding an electric scooter without a licence or on a pavement as questioned above, you are liable to a £300 fine and 6 penalty points on your licence.

Can I Ride an Electric Scooter on the Pavement in the UK?

The answer is no at present. Under the current UK law, it is illegal to ride an electric scooter on any pavement, footpath or cycle path.

This is due to the electric scooters available being classed as a powered mode or transport so seen by the Government the same as they see a motor vehicle.

Why are Electric Bikes OK but not Scooters?

There is a legal difference in electric bikes and electric scooters, this is because an electric bike is seen as a Electrically Assisted Pedal Cycle (EAPC). With this description, it means they are not seen as a motor vehicle or powered mode of transport due to the pedals.

The overall picture means that electric bikes are except from UK road laws which require a vehicle on the road to have insurance, helmets, and tax and vehicle registration.

Which Electric Scooter Does Not Need a License?

We had a look around and we found the a range of Scooters that do not require a licence at


The range here have the efficiency of an electric bike but have a fantastic stylish, sleek scooter look but you do not require a licence. Due to being classed as an electric bike, these scooters offer a maximum speed of 25km/h (or 15.5 mph).

They are powered by a strong lithium battery that will give you over 800 recharges. A battery takes between 4 and 6 hours to fully charge via your household electricity and will provide a smooth journey to work and back or for running around your village or town performing tasks.

The steel frame on these no licence scooters comprise of 18” normal tyres with a comfortable ride. Using hydraulic suspension on the front fork of the wheel and provided with all alloy rims add to a sleek look.

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