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E-bikes and e-scooters

When you can use an electric bike or scooter.

Published: 23 January 2021

Last updated: 12 July 2021

Privately owned vehicles

E-bikes can be used as long as it meets Electric Assisted Pedal Assist (EAPC) rules set by the DLVA.

E-bikes that do not meet their requirements are classified as a motorised vehicle and must be taxed and insured in order to be used on the public highway. Find more information at GOV.UK.

Private e-scooters are illegal to be used on the public highway and users can be liable to enforcement action undertaken by the police.

Rental e-scooter trial

E-Scooters will be available to hire and ride on Westminster's roads from 2 August 2021.

We are joining the Transport for London e-Scooter trial from August, other boroughs participating in the trial include:

  • Hammersmith and Fulham
  • Kensington and Chelsea
  • Richmond upon Thames
  • Tower Hamlets
  • Southwark
  • Lambeth
  • City of London

Our participation in the trial means that Londoners will be able to hire and ride electric scooters from parking bays using apps from the approved providers:

Rental will be priced at between £3.25 and £3.40 for a 15-minute ride and e-scooters are only allowed to be ridden on roads, not pavements.

All other e-scooters, such as private e-scooters, will continue to be illegal to ride on Westminster's roads. The riding of e-scooters, electric bikes or any other bike on the pavement continues to be an offence and is not allowed.

We have worked closely with TfL, London councils, and the e-scooter providers to ensure extensive safety measures are in place so that residents and visitors can stay safe on our roads while the trial is in place.

You can give your feedback to TfL about the e-scooter trial through their Have Your Say platform or by calling their contact centre on 0343 222 1234.

For any other Westminster-specific enquiries on the trial, please contact [email protected]