The Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning and Transport (ADEPT) has published a new policy position paper that urges the UK to embrace the benefits of e-scooters.
The paper sets out the benefits of e-scooters and its thoughts on how the Government can support increased take up as part of their commitment to improving air quality, reducing congestion and achieving its net zero carbon by 2050 target.
As highlighted in the paper, there are a number of questions around e-scootering that need to be answered, including whether they should be allowed in bus and cycle lanes, ensuring safety, age limits, technical standards and insurance.
ADEPT believes there is a role for the Government in enabling policy changes to provide some consistency in law with e-bikes and to ensure inclusivity in deprived areas and communities, as well as rural areas with infrequent public transport.
Mark Stevens, chair of ADEPT’s engineering board, said: “In the Environment Agency’s State of the Environment report published this week, it states that air pollution is ‘the biggest environmental threat to health in the UK’.
“No-one should be complacent about this.
“Covid-19 has also shown quite starkly how poor air quality is a significant factor in the severity of the virus experienced by individuals.
“There are still questions to consider, but managed safely, e-scooters, can be an important part of tackling poor air quality. They can be part of the first mile / last mile component of journeys between home, work, and transport hubs. Short journeys to local shops and schools can be on e-scooters (where age appropriate) reducing our dependence on the car and lowering emissions.”
ADEPT will be collecting evidence from members on rental trials, collating case studies and shaping best practice and will work on developing guidance specifically for e-scootering.