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« on: March 19, 2019, 07:32:55 am »

From the DfT ... more urban and road based ... I may move the topic later ...

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/transport-laws-to-be-reviewed-to-improve-everyday-journeys

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Transport laws to be reviewed to improve everyday journeys

Review announced in government's 'Future of mobility: urban strategy' to explore regulation around new transport modes.

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The biggest review into transport in a generation will pave the way for transforming the way people and goods move around our cities, the government has announced today (19 March 2019) in its Future of mobility: urban strategy.

The review will explore regulations around new types of vehicles including e-scooters and e-cargo bike trailers, how sharing data can improve services by reducing congestion, and how journey planning and payment can be made more simple. This wide-ranging review will also explore modernising laws from the 1800s that are providing a barrier to innovation.

Alongside this, the government is launching a competition for up to 4 new ‘future mobility zones’, backed by £90 million, to test ideas to improve journeys for people across the country. With 80% of people in the UK now using smartphones, ideas will include smoother payment systems, better, more up-to-date travel information and the use of innovative forms of transport, making travel in towns and cities more convenient, more reliable and cheaper.
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« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2019, 08:30:30 am »

If we want to make travel in towns and cities more convenient, more reliable and cheaper, how about we introduce ring-fenced transport grants? Who knows, maybe local councils could use them to pay for evening, Sunday and non-profitable but socially necessary daytime bus services.

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« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2019, 08:35:15 am »

e-scooters (and those of a push-along variety)....

Road-going or pavement going? topic desparately needs discussing & regulating....are they to be allowed on the roads and/or pavements? They're ann accident waiting to happen on both - against pedestrins the way they hog the pavement & try to pass pedestrians, thinking they have more rights than pedestrians and pushing past on busy pavements when they have no more rights to go faster than walkers....

But on the road, certainly in urban areas, face dangers more than cyclists do. Unprotected, no requirement for helmets or other protective clothing. No lights, minimal brakes, etc etc.
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« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2019, 09:07:20 am »

e-scooters (and those of a push-along variety)....

topic desparately needs discussing & regulating ...

Totally agree on the discussion.  Regulation will probably follow, but as you've written in ChrisB you seem to have assumed an outcome of the discussions that does include regulation - so not "if we regulate" but "how we regulate"

If I add to the "hot topics" likely to come up in this thread / in these discussions
- Mobility scooters where I believe there are existing rules on things like speed limits, but lots of users feel that the speed limits don't apply to them and they hurtle along pavements
- Segways which strike me as quite a clever option but (?) aren't allow on public paths / pavements in the UK ??
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« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2019, 09:09:53 am »

Yup - how we enforce reguklations already in place as well as new regulations required!
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