Micromobility

The Department for Transport’s (DFT) Future of Mobility urban strategy comments about our country being on the verge of a transport revolution. One of its priorities is implementing a flexible regulatory framework that must both keep people safe and promote active and accessible travel.
The strategy examines micromobility defined as ‘the use of small mobility devices, designed to carry one or two people’.
Improved batteries and engine technology are facilitating the growth in many new forms of micromobility, providing more options for the movement of people and goods. These include electric scooters (e-scooters), electrically assisted pedal cycles (e-bikes) and e-cargo bikes (light electric freight vehicles that could make 10-15% of delivery trips in cities, according to one study).

Improved batteries and engine technology are facilitating the growth in many new forms of micromobility, providing more options for the movement of people and goods. These include electric scooters (e-scooters), electrically assisted pedal cycles (e-bikes) and e-cargo bikes (light electric freight vehicles that could make 10-15% of delivery trips in cities, according to one study).
Government will consider options for appropriate testing regimes for micromobility, to ensure such vehicles on the road are safe and fit for purpose. As well as identifying basic parameters for the safe design and operation of new vehicles such as e-scooters, they aim to enable future trials of innovative ideas without the need to change legislation each time. This work may lead to new definitions of vehicles to enable wider use of micromobility and increasing benefits of low emissions vehicles.

CALL FOR ACTION

For Government to consider where and how vehicles can be used legally and to work with BIBA and our members on the necessary liability insurance solutions and limits for the new risks arising from the use of micromobility.

“In the battle to improve urban air quality, micro and e-mobility will have an important role to play. It is only right that we work with the Government and other stakeholders to find appropriate solutions that ensure the technology and their users are safe to use on UK roads.” 

EDMUND KING  

AA President

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