THE trial for electric scooters in Colchester is now underway - but what are the rules riders must follow?

Colchester is now the third place in Essex where e-scooters are available for hire as part of an eco-friendly transport trial.

The other trials are running in Chelmsford and Basildon, and they are being carried out to determine whether the mode of transport can be a viable part of a greener future for Essex.

Who is running the trial?

Essex County Council, Essex Police and e-scooter rental company Spin are running the scheme as part of the council’s safer, greener, healthier transport campaign.

Where can I use the scooter in Colchester?

You can ride the Spin e-scooter along cycle paths and in most places in the town. However, there are some roads where it’s forbidden to ride to ensure safety for all road users, including pedestrians. If unsure, check your app for guidance or see map below.


Can I ride on a pavement?

Spin e-scooters are legally allowed to go anywhere that bicycle are legally allowed to go - so they are not allowed on pavements.

Do I need to wear a helmet?

As part of the scheme, cycling website will be providing 5,000 free helmets to Spin riders.

Although it’s not a legal requirement in the UK, all riders are encouraged to wear a helmet.

Which scooters are legal as part of the trial?

Only Spin scooters hired as part of this trial are legal on Essex roads.Private scooters remain illegal, except on private land.

Do I need a driving licence?

You must have a driving licence and relevant insurance to legally ride a Spin e-scooter, and you must be 18 or over.

Anyone wanting to hire an e-scooter will get compulsory training before they can hire one - booking cannot be secured until training is completed.

Once training is finished, the e-scooters can be booked through a free web app provided by Spin.

Are there no riding zones?

To ensure the safety of all road users, there are some areas where you are not allowed to ride (shown in red). These are called no-go zones.


How fast do the scooters go?

The scooters can operate at a maximum speed of 15.5mph.

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