29 JUNE 2020

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Article from BTNews 29 JUNE 2020

Parliament look at e-scooters

The House of Commons – Transport Select Committee is to look into e-scooters. 

Are they a pavement nuisance or transport innovation?   09:30 on Wednesday 1 July.

In the first session of this inquiry, the Committee will hear from academics, road and pavement user groups.   Researchers with expertise in transport systems and micromobility will take questions before MPs hear the perspectives of other road and pavement user groups.

MPs are likely to likely to explore, what role e-scooters could play in the UK’s future transport mix; and whether legalising e-scooters would decrease congestion or move people from other modes of active travel, such as walking or cycling.

One question is where e-scooters should be used, and the implications that might have for pedestrians and other road users, including those with disabilities.  Is there evidence that it will help the UK meet its net-zero target by 2050; and the safety implications for e-scooters, to include minimum design requirements to ensure safety of the vehicles and personal safety.

The Committee will interview in two sessions from 09:30:  Professor Jillian Anable, Chair in Transport and Energy, University of Leeds and Dr Graeme Sherriff, Research Fellow, University of Salford.  For the second answering questions will be Rachel Lee, Policy and Research Manager, Living Streets’ Lorna Lee, Campaigns Manager, Automobile Association; Phillip Darnton OBE, Chair, Bicycle Association and Eleanor Southwood, Chair, Royal National Institute of Blind People.

Please note that Parliament has stopped all non-essential visitor access to both Houses due to the circumstances around coronavirus. The session will be available to watch online, and a transcript for the session will be published on the website a few days afterwards.

https://committees.parliament.uk/committee/153/transport-committee

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