Overview of Zipp e-scooter regulations

Read an overview of Zipp e-scooter regulations

Who can ride an e-scooter

Riders must have a valid driving licence. This can be:

  • a provisional or full UK licence with a category Q entitlement144
  • if overseas - a valid full licence from an EU/EEA country or a valid full licence for small vehicles and entered the UK within the last 12 months.

Helmets and clothing

Helmets are recommended, but are not a legal requirement

Where e-scooters can be used

Trial e-scooters can be used on the road (but not on motorways) and in cycle lanes/shared cycle footways.

E-scooter cannot be used on the pavement, unless there is a shared footway sign (a small, blue, round sign with a bicycle and pedestrian image).

Other user rules/guidance

During trials, e-scooters are classed as motor vehicles and are covered by the same laws and regulations that apply to motor vehicles.

Privately owned e-scooters remain illegal for use on public roads.

Users must be aged 16 or over.

E-scooters should only be used within the local area hosting the trial.

Scooters must be used by one person at a time.

Mobile phone use is prohibited.

Drink driving, careless and dangerous driving offences apply. You can lose your driving license if riding under the influence of alcohol.

All registered riders will be covered by a Motor Insurance Policy, so it is important not to share your account of e-scooter with anyone else