Lessons from e-scooter trials?
The Transport Select Committee is holding a follow-up inquiry into e-scooters. PACTS Executive Director David Davies gave oral evidence at the session on 8th February 2023. He shared the witness panel with Commander Kyle Gordon, Lead for Roads Policing Operations, National Police Chiefs’ Council; Clive Wood, Lead for Regional Policy and Campaigns Manager, Guide Dogs; and Justin Stevenson, Head of Design, Halfords.
This inquiry comes following the publication of evaluation report of the ongoing e-scooter trials by the Department for Transport. The Committee first looked at this issue back in 2020, and is revisiting it to check that the evaluation of the trials is as comprehensive as possible so that that it can influence effectively any upcoming legislation.
PACTS has been advocating for the safe use of e-scooters since the beginning of rental trials in 2020 and has been actively engaging with stakeholders, including the government, local authorities, and transport operators, to promote the safe use of rental and private e-scooters. In its oral evidence, PACTS highlighted the need for clear regulations on the e-scooter use, including speed limits, mandatory helmet use, and mandatory insurance for riders. PACTS also emphasized the need for appropriate infrastructure such as adequate parking space.
PACTS also submitted written evidence: https://committees.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/118709/pdf/