What is an E-Scooter?

Electrical scooters (also known as e-scooters) come under the category of “powered transporters”; this covers a range of personal transport devices which are powered by a motor.

E-scooters are classed as motor vehicles under the Road Traffic Act 1988 (external website). Which means the rules that apply to motor vehicles, also apply to e-scooters including the need to have a licence, insurance and tax.

  • Anyone using a rental e-scooter on a public road or other public space, has to comply with the relevant road traffic legislation or they face potential prosecution.

  • To rent an e-scooter you must be at least 16 years old, hold the correct driving licence (Category Q or P/M) & create an account with the rental company.

E-Scooter Trials - Transport for Greater Manchester (external website) 

For more information on how to hire an E Scooter visit Lime (external website)

It's not currently possible to get insurance for privately owned e-scooters, which means it's illegal to use them on the road or in public spaces. If you're using a private e-scooter you risk the vehicle being seized under S.165 Road Traffic Act 1988 for no insurance. 

If you cause serious harm to another person whilst riding an e-scooter the incident will be investigated in the same way it would if you were riding a motorcycle or driving a car. 

Find out more

For more information on Penalties & Offences visit Greater Manchester Police - Advice on E-Scooter Usage (external websites)

Advice on E-scooter usage visit www.police.uk

National Fire Chief Council on E-bikes & E-scooters Fire Safety Guidance (external website)

Government Safety Messages on E-Bikes & E-Scooters visit www.gov.uk