The following is an excerpt of the announcement. The "consultation" includes both these EPV's and Electrically Assisted Pedal Cycles (a.k.a. electric bicycles).
Published: Tuesday, 12 January 2010
Do you think people should be allowed to use small Electric Personal Vehicles (EPVs) on public roads or cycle tracks? If you have an opinion, the Department for Transport would like to hear from you ahead of 30 March 2010. There's also a consultation on Electrically Assisted Pedal Cycles (EAPCs).
EPVs and EAPCs are relatively new forms of transport, usuallly built to carry a sole passenger.
They are not the same as invalid carriages, commonly called mobility scooters. Invalid carriages are purely for use by people with physical disabilities, and their use is covered by other laws. They are therefore not considered in this consultation.
This consultation seeks your views on whether the Department for Transport (DfT) ought to change the law so people can use EPVs on cycle tracks and public roads. EPVs are rare in Britain, which is not surprising as you can only legally use them on private land; even then you must have the landowner's permission. In the UK, EPVs such as the electric scooter and mobile chair shown here cannot legally be used, at present, on:
- public roads
- cycle tracks
- pedestrian footways and footpaths