Electric scooters to get green light to go on Britain's public roads


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It’s about time! I love using my electric scooter and now the UK have decided to give the green light! :smiley:

Here is the article! https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2020/mar/16/electric-scooters-get-green-light-to-go-on-britains-public-roads

While you are at it. Why not read my topic I wrote about my Electric scooter.

https://forum.ovoenergy.com/owning-an-ev-87/new-toy-to-commute-to-work-4967

 

What do you think? Do you think the government made the right choice? Honestly, I believe this is a good thing to approve. This will help drive air pollution down in crowded areas.


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Hello @ITGeek123

 

I don’t usually reply to post outside of my area, but couldn’t resist when I saw this thread!

 

I’ve got the M365 myself and love it. Half the commuting time and none of the petrol cost! 

 

Here’s hoping they push this through ASAP (within reason of course given what’s happening at the moment). It would be interesting to see how they regulate them. Personally I’m hoping for the best case which would be to treat them the same as e-bikes. 

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Hello @ITGeek123

 

I don’t usually reply to post outside of my area, but couldn’t resist when I saw this thread!

 

I’ve got the M365 myself and love it. Half the commuting time and none of the petrol cost! 

 

Here’s hoping they push this through ASAP (within reason of course given what’s happening at the moment). It would be interesting to see how they regulate them. Personally I’m hoping for the best case which would be to treat them the same as e-bikes. 

Yes dude! Have you customised your scooter? I recommend looking at https://electricscootersuk.com/

The guy who runs it is an absolute legend. Down to earth and really enthusiastic about electric scooters.

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Yep I think this is good news for low carbon transport advocates, BUT it would be a shame if this simply changes what people use to travel carbon free - swapping the bicycle for a scooter. 

 

For those that say cycling is a great way to get around and get to work, we don’t need them to change. 

 

It’s the people who say they need to take the kids, or don’t want to get wet, or live too far away. It’s these people that probably won’t be bothered about this change in the law, but it’s these people we need to get on board!

 

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Yep I think this is good news for low carbon transport advocates, BUT it would be a shame if this simply changes what people use to travel carbon free - swapping the bicycle for a scooter. 

 

For those that say cycling is a great way to get around and get to work, we don’t need them to change. 

 

It’s the people who say they need to take the kids, or don’t want to get wet, or live too far away. It’s these people that probably won’t be bothered about this change in the law, but it’s these people we need to get on board!

 

Completely agree @Tim_OVO 

I only purchased the electric scooter so I could save money getting public transport to the train station when commuting to work. It saved me money as well as one less person using public transport.

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Yes dude! Have you customised your scooter? I recommend looking at https://electricscootersuk.com/

The guy who runs it is an absolute legend. Down to earth and really enthusiastic about electric scooters.

Sadly not, I had some issues previously (on my 3rd scooter now) and I don’t plan on doing anything to mess with that 2 year warranty haha! I’ll have a cheeky look at that website though!

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@Ash_OVO What issues have you had? Haven’t been unlocking it have we to make it faster :kissing_heart:  Because of course I haven’t done that :rolling_eyes:

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Just a few quality issues, the first one had the adapter cover fall off along with the warranty stickers lost their stickiness and also falling off, so they replaced it, sadly the replacement wouldn’t accept any charge so another replacement was given. On a plus note, it was all easy and sorted quickly. 

 

I was tempted to change the firmware a little, but knowing my luck, I’d brick the thing haha!

 

It’s about time! I love using my electric scooter and now the UK have decided to give the green light! :smiley:

Here is the article! https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2020/mar/16/electric-scooters-get-green-light-to-go-on-britains-public-roads

While you are at it. Why not read my topic I wrote about my Electric scooter.

https://forum.ovoenergy.com/owning-an-ev-87/new-toy-to-commute-to-work-4967

 

What do you think? Do you think the government made the right choice? Honestly, I believe this is a good thing to approve. This will help drive air pollution down in crowded areas.

 

I read on this article (link removed by mod) that you can’t ride a private electric scooter in the streets. the only way you can ride an electric scooter legally in the UK is by renting. So it is legal to drive e-Scooters in the UK but with the limitations said above. Is this true?

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@Halos That doesn’t sound true at all. 

If you check sites, they say they are legal. I used mine on public footpath as little as I could but mainly used cycle path which I know I shouldn’t but Risk it for a biscuit

https://www.halfords.com/cycling/advice/are-electric-scooters-legal.html

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Hiya @Victoria Surise !

Hmm… That might be a bit of a problem in your case. I’ve heard some electric scooters almost immediately run out of steam and give up on all but the slightest inclines, while others are a bit more capable. One of the ultimate issues that you’d also have to consider is keeping your balance and that you probably would want to avoid taking it onto steep hills unless you fancy falling off.

It really also depends on how steep the hills are in your area to be honest. If you’re simply talking only minor gradients that are around the same sort of averages as a wheelchair access ramp or some of the streets in Gloucester City Centre (for example), you can probably get away with it. But if you’re talking about the Edinburgh Royal Mile… Errrrmm… Probably not such a good idea…

I don’t live in either of those two places, but I’ve visited both and know them well enough. :)

It’s also worth noting that right now, the only way to legally use an electric scooter on the streets at all in the UK if you’re renting one via one of the approved schemes during the trial period and you’ll also need a driving license too. I know it sounds weird to need a driving license for what is basically a scooter with a spinning electromagnet hooked up to the back wheel, but I didn’t make the rules! :stuck_out_tongue:

I wouldn’t recommend buying one yet unless you only plan to use it on private land. If you only use it on private land, that’s totally fine though. :)

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