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NMDA e-scooter progress

A virtual meeting between the Department for Transport (DfT) and the National Motorcycle Dealers Association (NMDA) took place on 17 September, providing a useful opportunity for the association to highlight its priorities.

“Following a recent letter to Rachel Maclean MP, which outlined member’s position on future regulation, the NMDA asked for clarification of the recent reclassification of e-scooters to ‘Powered Transporters’. It was encouraging to meet with the minister and government officials to discuss our member’s position regarding e-scooter trials and their future regulation,” said Paddy O’Connell, head of the NMDA.

During the meeting with DfT, NMDA reiterated its support of the government’s decarbonisation strategy and Powered Transporters as an integral part of reaching net-zero carbon goals. NMDA called for compulsory accredited road awareness training for those without full licenses (to last 24 months), wearing safety equipment, minimum rider age of 14, unique identifiers on all e-scooters, and registration of e-scooters through the RaV portal and mandatory liability insurance.

Paddy O’Connell added: “By properly regulating, training, and registering e-scooters, there is a natural route to market through established dealer networks that already offer rider training, safety equipment and have the facilities to register new vehicles.”


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