E-scooters must be legalised on roads however driving on pavements must be prohibited, the Transport Committee of MPs has mentioned.
Currently, privately-owned e-scooters are banned to make use of within the UK wherever besides on personal land.
The committee argues the autos, which normally journey 9-15mph, might supply a inexperienced different to the automobile.
Official trials of rented e-scooters have already been introduced in some locations in England.
While supporting the introduction of e-scooters, the Transport Committee mentioned the federal government ought to use trials to observe the numbers and varieties of collisions that happen.
Describing driving e-scooters on pavements as “dangerous and anti-social”, the committee mentioned the regulation ought to “prohibit their use on pavements” and that “robust enforcement measures” can be wanted.
Further committee suggestions embody permitting native authorities to find out the velocity of e-scooters and inspiring customers to put on helmets.
It additionally mentioned there are “valid environmental concerns” concerning the processes used to recharge e-scooter batteries and suggested the Department for Transport to observe the environmental affect.
The Tees Valley, Milton Keynes Borough, Northamptonshire, and the West Midlands have signed as much as trial the usage of rental e-scooters.
However a trial in Coventry was paused after 5 days following considerations over pedestrian security and e-scooters being deserted on the streets.
‘Fraught with difficulties’
Committee chair Huw Merriman mentioned: “E-scooters have the potential to become an exciting and ingenious way to navigate our streets and get from place to place.
“If this will get folks out of the automobile, decreasing congestion and exercising within the open air, then even higher.”
But he added: “We want to make sure that their arrival on our streets would not make life tougher for pedestrians, and particularly disabled folks.”
RAC head of roads policy Nicholas Lyes said e-scooters could “remodel how many people get round” but added “the trail to introducing them safely is fraught with difficulties”.
He called for effective regulation and education of riders to ensure “restricted street house” could be shared safely by drivers, cyclists and e-scooter riders.
And Roger Geffen from Cycling UK said the maximum speed and weight of e-scooters should be reduced before legalisation.
A Department for Transport spokesperson said: “We welcome the result of the committee’s report in the present day and imagine that e-scooters can supply an reasonably priced, dependable and sustainable option to journey.
“Safety will always be our top priority and our current trials are allowing us to better understand the benefits of e-scooters and their impact on public space, helping us to design future regulations.”