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Choosing a Legal Electric Scooter in the UK: What You Need to Know

With the rising popularity of electric scooters, many riders in the UK are wondering about the legality of these eco-friendly vehicles. The unfortunate truth is that most electric scooters are not permitted on public roads, pavements, or cycle lanes in the UK. However, some e-scooters are classified as Personal Light Electric Vehicles (PLEVs), allowing them to legally operate on roads with a few key requirements. To ensure your scooter is legal in the UK, you must look for a model that satisfies the following criteria:



  • Maximum speed of 15.5 mph (25 km/h)

  • Maximum weight (unladen) of 55 lbs (25 kg)

  • Headlights and rear lights for night-time use

  • Reflectors installed on both sides

  • Display panel indicating the scooter's speed.


When shopping for electric scooters, you should also consider factors such as battery life, durability, and availability of replacement parts. It is crucial to familiarize yourself with local, regional, and national electric scooter regulations It is crucial to familiarize yourself with local, regional, and national electric scooter regulations to avoid fines and ensure a safe and enjoyable ride. Brands like Xiaomi, Segway-Ninebot, and Razor offer models that meet these legal requirements, so be sure to compare their different features and prices before making your decision!


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