You are not allowed to ride your privately owned e-scooter in public, like on pedestrian paths, on public roads or on cycle paths. Driving in pedestrian zones is also strictly prohibited. On private property, where the road traffic regulations do not apply, you can drive your e-scooter wherever you want.
It is only allowed to drive an e-scooter in public as part of a rental scheme.
The law may change in 2022 and privately owned scooters may be legal on public roads.
Yes you do need a driving license to use a rental e-scooter, as you do for a conventional vehicle.
If privately owned scooters were allowed on public roads, you would also need a driving licence. Indeed, scooters are considered as
Most e-scooters travel at a maximum speed of 15.5mph.
Scooters that can travel at speeds higher than 15.5mph are therefore not permitted on the road.
Most e-scooters have one of two different battery types. These are either lead gel batteries or lithium-ion batteries.
For rough guidance, a lithium-ion takes less time to fully charge for the same volume. But of course, the charging time also depends on the storage capacity.
So if you value a short charging time, you should choose a model with a lithium-ion battery. However, these batteries are more expensive and usually a price driver for e-scooters.
E-scooters that are rented are insured. Privately owned e-scooters have no insurance, no licence plates or even lights. Therefore, they can not be used on public roads.
If privately owned scooters were allowed on public roads, you would need an insurance.
The minimum age for using a road-legal e-scooter, that is to say a trial scooter, is 16 years.