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Department for Transport : Consultation on small electric personal vehicles

Press Release   •   Jan 05, 2010 11:14 GMT

A consultation on the use of small electric personal vehicles was today launched by Transport Secretary Andrew Adonis.

The consultation seeks views on the principle of changing the law to permit the use of small electric personal vehicles (EPVs) on public roads and cycle tracks.  It does not include consideration of their use on pedestrian footways or footpaths.

Andrew Adonis said:

"New technologies can offer new opportunities and this consultation offers the chance for a full consideration of the issues around electric personal vehicles.

"We want to hear from groups and individuals with opinions and evidence on whether the law should be changed to permit such vehicles on public roads and cycle tracks. We will then consider all the responses carefully before deciding whether any further action is required."

At present any EPV which does not comply with existing road traffic law may only be used on private land, with the landowner's permission.

The Department for Transport is also today launching a consultation on electrically-assisted pedal cycles. The proposals in this consultation will provide greater clarity for consumers on whether a product is considered to be an electrically-assisted pedal cycle or a motor vehicle.  It also addresses harmonising our regulations with European standards.

Notes to editors

1.  The consultations can be found here:

http://www.dft.gov.uk/consultations/open/2010-01/ and here: http://www.dft.gov.uk/consultations/open/2010-02/

and both close on Tuesday 30 March 2010.

2.A factsheet detailing existing advice on EAPC can be found here:  http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/roadsafety/drs/cyclingandmotorcycling/electricassistedpedalcycles.pdf

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