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Widespread support for legalising micromobility vehicles

E-scooter commuter

The Government has published responses to the Future of Transport regulatory review, which found “widespread support” for legalising micromobility vehicles.

More than 1,000 individuals and organisations responded to the consultation, which asked for information and views on micromobility vehicles, flexible bus services and Mobility as a Service (MaaS).

The review found “widespread support” for legalising micromobility vehicles, and, if they legalised, a “clear set of regulations” will be needed.

In response, the Government has said that it will “continue to engage with stakeholders” on regulatory proposals, alongside taking account of lessons learned from the current e-scooter trials.

Code of practice for MaaS

The Government will look to develop a code of practice for Mobility as a Service (MaaS) after a large number of respondents suggested it would be beneficial.

It will also continue to “improve the quality, accessibility and discoverability of transport data” as the review highlighted the need for standardisation of data and the difficulty of addressing accessibility concerns through existing regulations.

Mixed views on flexible bus services

There were mixed views on different regulatory approaches for different types of flexible bus service.

The Government will continue to engage with service operators and collate findings from Rural Mobility Fund schemes and services deployed in response to Covid-19, to inform the forthcoming National Bus Strategy

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