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E-scooter training needs greater focus in anticipation of private use legalisation

Pure Electric is one brand currently selling e-scooters for private use in the UK

A new whitepaper is urging an increased focus on training for those using private e-scooters in anticipation of legalised use in the future.

DriveTech, the UK’s driver training provider, has put the whitepaper together to inform businesses about the challenges and risks of micromobility, as well as their corporate obligations.

Charlie Norman, managing director of DriveTech, said: “Over the past few years in the UK, we have seen a sharp rise in the popularity of micromobility platforms.

“From last-mile delivery vehicles to commuter solutions, as well as the cities operating public rental e-scooter schemes, micromobility is proving to be an attractive solution for many journeys.

“It has therefore never been so important for organisations to address the use of micromobility and ensure the safety and wellbeing of staff.

“We also see a significant rise in the use of (currently illegal) privately owned e-scooters, which will undoubtedly create serious road safety issues without proper training and regulation for individual users.”

Norman said that while there is currently no overarching legislation governing the use of micromobility vehicles, “change is coming”.

He said: “In the meantime, driver training is an important way for organisations to fulfil their obligations while helping employees to minimise risk when conducting work-related travel.”

The continuing shared e-scooter trials running in the UK are legal, but using privately owned e-scooters is not currently legal, despite their widespread use.

Private e-scooters can be sold and bought in the UK as it is the responsibility of the rider not to use them on public roads, footpaths, cycle lanes or roads.

Pure Electric, one brand that sells e-scooters in the UK, has a statement as part of its terms of use for e-scooters.

It states: "It is the complete responsibility of the customer to ensure that your e-scooter is operated by all country and local laws. The customer assumes all liability and risk associated with the use of electric scooter products and holds Pure  Electric and its owners free from any liability caused by their use."

It is thought the UK e-scooter trials will help to inform legislation that will bring more specific safety standards and restrictions in place for private e-scooter use.

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