New research from UK-based retailer Halfords has revealed that private e-scooters are not illegal in 80% of countries around the world.
It is currently illegal to ride private e-scooters on public roads in the UK, while a trial shared scheme is currently underway across the country.
Planet E-scooter, created in collaboration with manufacturer Xiaomi, is an interactive world map that shows the countries in which e-scooters are legal and where they can be riden.
The research finds that private e-scooters are either legal or not legislated on in 80% of countries, although how they are treated by law differs greatly from country to country.
Based in Redditch with stores across the UK and Ireland, Halfords is “advocating for a clear framework and regulation that makes e-scooters safe to ride on the UK’s roads” and has been calling for action over the last year.
“From the increasing e-scooter demand we’re seeing in the UK; it seems like the public may not be aware of the legality of e-scooters,” said Matt Banks, Halfords e-mobility expert.
“This interactive map will give people an insight into how legislations vary from one country to another.
“Along with e-bikes, the safe use of e-scooters has the potential to revolutionise the way we travel and with new legislation they potentially could offer a greener and safer alternative to those who wish to avoid public transport at this time.”