April 28th, 2022.

The Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA) has outlined that it welcomes the Transport Secretary’s comments that the government is looking to legalise private use of e-step scooters as part of legislation, to be announced in the Queen’s Speech.

However, while the MCIA recognises the value of e-step scooters for certain journeys, it says they aren’t appropriate in all settings and the Association will be pushing to ensure any new legislation does not negatively impact on the lower end of the L-Category sector. The Association also summarised that any legislation should make necessary provisions for user training, licensing, road insurance and appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).

Tony Campbell, MCIA CEO, said; “We cannot afford for legislation to be configured in such a way that doesn’t ensure robust safety and training requirements for private e-step scooters. Equally, we cannot afford for existing vehicle categories, such as electric mopeds and small motorcycles, and the opportunities they already present, to be overlooked any further.

“With the electric moped market growing exponentially each year, small changes to current regulation would allow easier market access and lower vehicle costs, creating a new sector that, for private use, would be just as safe and easier to regulate than privately owned e-step scooters.

“E-step scooters and L-Category vehicles all have a role to play in a zero-emission future which is why the ‘Right Regulation for the Right Vehicle’ approach is critical to the success of Government’s urban mobility and decarbonisation ambitions.”
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