Government under pressure to legalise electric scooters on roads after sales rocket

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ELECTRIC scooters are likely to be made legal on roads and cycle lanes after sales rocketed across the country.

The move follows growing calls for the Government to act so safety rules can be introduced to protect riders and the public.

Electric scooters are likely to be made road legal across England

Ministers will set out specifications such as in-built speed limits with 15.5mph suggested brake lights and reflectors.

Insiders believe they will be treated like bikes, meaning riding on the pavement would be banned.

The Department for Transport said e-scooters would be part of a review.

It added: We are actively examining how they can be regulated for safe use on the road, in order to encourage innovative new forms of transport.

It comes as a poll revealed 60 per cent of 18 to 24-year-olds want to see the devices legalised.

UK boss Florence Milner said: We want to see electric scooters legalised and regulated in a safe and responsible way so Britain can benefit from this new, green form of travel.

Electric scooters have been blamed for several serious accidents in the UK this year.

TV presenter Emily Hartridge, 35, was killed when she was hit by a lorry while riding an e-scooter in July.

And a 14-year-old boy was left in a life-threatening condition after crashing into a bus stop

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