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Is it legal or illegal using an electric light vehicle?

The rules of the road or the err… pavement.

You’ve probably seen online videos of people using electric scooters and electric monowheels. You might’ve already seen people zipping past you on the streets with them. But what is the legality of riding them in public places? Here we have some handy facts to keep you on the right side of the law.

Where can’t I ride an electric scooter?

Unfortunately, it is illegal to ride electric scooters on the streets in the UK. Because they are motorized, they must follow the same rules as Mopeds. This means that they cannot be ridden on public roads or pavements and are only legal on private property – as long as you have permission from the landlord. Does that mean you can ride them in places like shopping centres? The smooth, flat surfaces are perfect for this vehicles. Though most shopping centres are privately owned, the vast majority disapprove of scooters passing through their electric transport wonderlands.

So where can I ride them?

A lot of parks in London allow the use of e-scooters but keep a watchful eye for signs which ban them. You don’t want to get yourself into any trouble! For more information on where you can and can’t ride them please read Section 185 of the Road Traffic Act 1988.

Why can’t I ride them in public places?

The law is there to ensure everyone is able to live a safe life. But it is often set by people who are stuck in their ways. New technology is scary, and until they know how to control it, it’s easier for them to ban it. The future awaits… We’ll see where it takes us. We predict a relaxation of the law as electric scooters become a more important part of people’s travel options but until then you can put pressure on the government by signing this petition and writing to your MP.

So what can light vehicles do for me?

As ‘self-balancing’ electric unicycles and electric scooters become more common across the UK, more people are starting to realize how much they can change their transport experience. Whether it’s commuting to work or simply riding around a park for pleasure, it’s amazing to discover how far what your scooter can go. Here we take a look at the benefits of  scooters, and cover some basic safety tips. .

  • They can achieve a speed higher than 30 miles per hour,  this is pretty fast! After all, this is supposed to be fun – we don’t want you ending up injured!
  • What better way to look after the planet? Not only is it fun riding your scooter, but they produce no emissions. They are the king of eco-friendly transport.
  • For those of you who are limited in your movement or suffer from joint pains. You’ll find these scooters to be a great way of getting out of the house and doing some exercise. Trust me, I know recently from experience after slipping a disk! The scooters help strengthen your core muscles and lower limbs, limiting the impact that the joints have to put up when doing other forms of exercise like running.

These are just a few of the benefits of owning an electric light vehicle. We’re sure you’ll find more when you get one yourself. And remember the most important thing about using scooter is have fun and enjoy the ride!


The future is bright. The age of urban transport is upon us. So hop on and enjoy!


One comment

  1. G

    Actually electric unicycles are not covered by the bicycle law and are not covered by the
    moped law they have exactly the same coverage as normal unicycles and kick scooters.

    Their use depends on the local police chiefs stance on the matter, but basically so long
    as you do not cause a nuisance with them you will most likely be left alone.

    However at worst you may get a fine, you are not riding a motor vehicle.

    The law states two wheels or more, electric unicycles only have one wheel.

    An electric scooter is illegal because it has two wheels and no pedals that is its main
    propulsion methods, pure and simple.

    Unicycles electric or otherwise do not feature in any of the laws relating to bicycles
    mopeds or motorcycles or scooters.

    But it must be the single wheel type not the twin wheeled type.

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