Electric 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.
Electronic scooters are classed as motor vehicles under the Road Traffic Act 1988. Which means the rules that apply to motor vehicles, also apply to e-scooters including the need to have a licence, insurance and tax.
Advice on using electronic scooters (opens in new window)
Charging electric scooters
Most electric scooters are power by lithium-ion batteries which can be charged in the home. The use of these batteries in a wide range of household products is becoming increasingly common.
It is important when charging electronic scooters, you do so safely to avoid a risk of a fire starting and putting your families and homes at risk.
Electronic scooters fire safety advice (opens in new window)
Last updated: Tuesday 28 February 2023