A new trend of personal transport has spiralled out of control recently as the popularity of electric scooters has increased significantly. The scooters are powered by a small electric motor which makes them very expensive. The appeal of these scooters is that they are fully electric which makes them appropriate for city centres who are tackling rising pollution levels.
The scooters also bring with them a new trend. Buy one of these and you are buying into a healthier and more efficient lifestyle.
Although the advantages outweigh the disadvantages, some cities have banned these scooters as they cannot be put in cycle lanes as it is fully devoted to cyclists and they also cannot allow for the scooter to be operated on pavements as it would put the public in danger of injury.
So where am I allowed to ride these scooters?
The current law in the UK says: "You are allowed to ride an electric scooter on private land with the land owners permission".
This means you cannot ride it everywhere, which raises the question, is it really worth spending in excess of over £150 for a scooter that you can only ride in a few places?
Countries like Germany, France, Austria and Switzerland have positively supported the idea of personal electric transportation so let's hope that the UK will also warm to the idea of allowing the use of electric scooters on pavements and roads.
What are the disadvantages of owning an electric scooters?
The primary one is that, in the UK, it is illegal to ride an electric scooter in public spaces and you can only get around this problem by riding it on private property with permission from the land owner.
These scooters have also been a subject of speculation as multiple scooter related injuries have occurred and in one incident, someone actually lost their life. Riders will receive a £300 fine if they are caught riding one in public and will also receive 6 points on their driver's licence.
The cost of these scooters range from £150 to £1000 and come with a variety of motors which will give different power outputs. Some scooters could be quite heavy due to the increased weight of a battery but they are generally easy to manoeuvre.