From 4 July, the use of electric scooters will become legal in Great Britain, albeit on a limited trial basis. The use of privately owned e-scooters will remain illegal, and e-scooters will not be permitted on pavements. E-scooter design speeds will be limited to 15.5 miles per hour.
The rather odd maximum design speed of 15.5 mph is presumably an attempt to accommodate the use of e-scooters already in use in other countries, many of which have a maximum design speed of 25 km/h (15.53 mph). Unfortunately, when converting the km/h value to mph for the relevant legislation, the value was rounded down to the nearest 0.1 mph instead of it being rounded up. The legislation therefore seems to prohibit the use of the very e-scooters that it was probably intended to permit.
The maximum speed was decided after consultation, where respondents were asked to reason whether 12.5 mph or 15.5 mph should be the maximum design speed allowed.
Again, these seemingly odd values are approximations of 20 km/h and 25 km/h. Wouldn’t it have been more sensible just to use metric values throughout?