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E-bikes and E-scooters

e-Bike safety

On February 1st, 2024, the government released new guidance aimed at enhancing the safety of e-bikes and e-scooters. This initiative comes as a response to the growing popularity of electric cycles and scooters and aims to improve consumer safety by providing comprehensive information on how to safely purchase, charge, and use these vehicles.

The guidance, developed after extensive consultation with industry experts, focuses on battery safety for both e-scooters and e-bikes. It emphasises the importance of purchasing these vehicles from reputable sellers and ensuring they meet manufacturing requirements. Additionally, it provides insights into safe storage and charging practices, identifies warning signs for fire risks, and offers guidance on responsible battery disposal.

One crucial reminder highlighted in the guidance is that e-scooters cannot be legally used on roads unless they are part of an official rental trial. This serves to clarify the legal framework surrounding e-scooter usage and promotes adherence to regulations.

In addition, separate guidance has been issued to assist public transport operators in assessing and managing fire risks associated with carrying e-bikes and e-scooters on trains and buses. 

As landlords, it's essential to stay informed about these guidelines and encourage tenants who own e-bikes or e-scooters to familiarise themselves with the safety recommendations.

By promoting responsible usage and adherence to safety protocols, we can contribute to creating safer living environments for our tenants and communities

More information here: New guidance to enhance e-bike and e-scooter safety - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

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