Coronavirus: council service information and advice

Information about changes to council services as a result of coronavirus

Using e-scooters

It's against the law to use a privately-owned e-scooter on public roads and footpaths. However, it's legal to use them on private land. The police are responsible for enforcing the use of e-scooters - the council aren't responsible for this.

What is the rented e-scooter trial?

The government is running trials of renting e-scooters in some locations in the UK. The first trial is taking place in the Tees Valley area. People can rent an e-scooter and legally travel around the area with it. We may also run a trial scheme later this year.

Key facts about the rented e-scooter trial:

  • You must have driving license to use a rented e-scooter. Check the government guidance for further information.
  • You should wear a cycle helmet.
  • Rented e-scooters have a maximum speed.
  • Trial e-scooters can be driven on the road (except motorways) and in cycle lanes within the designated trial locations.
  • Insurance is covered by the rental provider.

For more information on the rented e-scooter trial read the government guidance.

Possible proposal for an e-scooter trial

The Department for Transport (DfT) is looking at shared e-scooters in the UK. They are interested in e-scooters as an extra travel choice to help with the recovery from coronavirus. It's asked local transport authorities to submit proposals to run scooter-hire trials for a 12-month period.

Solent Transport are in discussions around the new technology and services that might help the Solent area. They have taken part in the process on behalf of local authorities including Portsmouth.

We are considering plans for a trial of e-scooters, but no final decision has been made about whether there will be a proposal. If there is, it would go through a process of approval. The DfT will decide which proposals meet their standards, including vehicle safety.

If proposals are submitted and approved, it would allow for an e-scooter trial. This trial would need to follow the legal and safety measures set out by DfT.