Notice is hereby
given that Bath and North East Somerset Council in pursuance of the
provisions of section 14 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 as amended
and The Electric Scooter Trials and Traffic Signs (Coronavirus) Regulations
and General Directions 2020 has made an order the effect of which will enable
electric scooters (as defined in The Traffic Signs Regulations and General
Directions 2016) being used in a trial, to use any road or length of road in
Bath and North East Somerset which are currently used by pedal cycles. This
applies only to electric scooters hired from a company authorised and in
accordance with the regulations made by the Department for Transport.
The TTRO is to
be made pursuant to S14 (1) (b) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984
because of the likelihood of danger to the public during the continued trial
of rental e-scooters on public highways between 26th September
2023 - 25th March 2025. The TTRO is needed to
reduce the potential for rental e-scooters to conflict with other traffic and
road users during this trial period facilitating their use of these
alternative road spaces which are already subject to user restrictions.
Bath & North
East Somerset Council is
satisfied that electric scooters being used in the trial in the said roads
should be permitted in connection with likelihood of danger to the public.
The justification for
this order is two-fold. (1) to reduce ambiguity as to where the
aforementioned electric scooters can be ridden, and (2) to allow the
aforementioned electric scooters to be ridden in safer areas of the highway.