It’s illegal to use an escooter on public roads, pavements, in cycle lanes and in pedestrianised areas. The Government did bring forward trials of legalised escooter use on roads in “4Future Transport Zones”. But this only applies to escooters used legally as part of these trials, for the duration of the trials.Laws could change to make escooters legal for use on roads and cycle lanes from Spring 2022.
Yes, you will need motor insurance.
Yes, the max speed for an escooter is 15.5mph according to the government. In some areas this may be reduced to a lower max speed.
You will need a category Q entitlement on your driving licence to use an escooter, which means you can drive a “2-wheeled and 3-wheeled vehicle without pedals”.
This includes restrictions like:
An engine size no bigger than 50cc if powered by an internal combustion engineA max speed of 15.5mph
Or you will need a full or provisional UK driving licence for categories AM, A or B.
No, if you have a provisional licence you don’t need to display L plates.
It’s highly recommended that you wear a helmet when driving an escooter.