London electric scooter rental trial

June 23, 2021

In early June, electric scooters (e-scooters) became available to rent in a small number of London boroughs. This is the only way to legally ride an e-scooter on public roads or in other public places in London – and only in those specific boroughs.

The trial aims to help TfL better understand how e-scooters can be used safely in London – and how policy should be developed in the future. We are taking steps to ensure that anyone using a rental e-scooter rides safely and follows the rules of the road as well as guidance from the rental operator. The e-scooter rental trial is part of a wider effort by TfL, London Councils, London boroughs and the UK Government to enable people to use new and greener forms of transport.

Riding e-scooters on pavements will still be banned, but they will generally be able to use the same space as bicycles.

Riders must be 18 or over and have a full or provisional driving licence to rent an e-scooter.

It is still illegal to use privately-owned e-scooters or other powered transporters on public roads.

 

Legislation

Relevant laws on e-scooter use include:

 

The trial

TfL is running the trial with London Councils and the participating London boroughs, plus Canary Wharf. Working together on a single trial means the trial can run consistently across participating boroughs, with safety at its core.

E-scooters are available for hire in the following areas:

Safety information can be found here. https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/e-scooter-safety

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