Last reviewed 2 February 2024

The Department for Transport (DfT) has issued information on how to safely purchase, charge and use e-bikes and e-scooters.

Following extensive consultation with industry, guidance on battery safety for both will, DfT said, raise awareness for owners on how to safely purchase an e-cycle or e-scooter, ensure it meets manufacturing requirements and is only bought from reputable sellers.

The documents also cover safe storage and charging, the warning signs for fire risk and how to address them and how to dispose of batteries responsibly. The guidance also reminds people that e-scooters cannot be used legally on roads unless they are part of an official rental trial.

Guidance titled Battery Safety for E-scooter Users can be found here while that for e-bikes, titled Battery Safety for E-cycle Users, is available here.

Separate guidance has been issued to help public transport operators assess and manage fire risks associated with the carriage of e-bikes and e-scooters on trains and buses. Similar information for those managing premises such as schools and workplaces is available here.

Technology and Decarbonisation Minister, Anthony Browne, said: “Safety has always been our top priority, which is why our latest guidance aims to improve the awareness of e-bike and e-scooter users in the trial areas where they’re authorised.”

E-scooter trials have been extended until May 2026, he confirmed, to enable the Government to build on current learning across areas including usage, safety and environmental impacts.

We have reported on several occasions in recent months on the potential fire risks associated with e-bikes and e-scooters (see, eg Watchdog issues e-bike and e-scooter warning).