Eastern Arc Area (Oxford) Experimental Traffic Management (E-scooter Trial)

In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Department for Transport has licenced in the Oxford area on a trial basis the use on the public highway of e-scooters being used as part of an approved rental scheme. Following local engagement, Oxfordshire County Council has decided to make the following experimental Order under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 and all other enabling power. The effect of the order, which comes into force on 29 March 2021 is to permit electrically powered E-Scooters to use roads and access areas permitted for pedal cycles.

The existing Traffic Regulation Orders are temporarily amended to allow exemptions for use by E-Scooters the same as cyclists through areas of 'Prohibition of Entry/Driving' as applied to motor vehicles, and to prohibit the use of E-scooters on the A4142 Oxford Eastern bypass main carriageways.

General Information:

  1. E-Scooter is defined (in short) as a motor vehicle, electrically assisted, for use by one person, maximum speed of 15mph, speed controlled by hand with a default cut-off switch.
  2. Used as part of a Government authorised trial rental scheme, for use by persons 17yrs and over with a current UK drivers licence. Insurance will be part of the hire arrangement.
  3. Can be used on roads, designated cycle lanes, bus lanes and cycle tracks, and on shared use pavements i.e. where advisory cycle lanes are marked/signed to separate use from pedestrians. Not for use where pedestrians only are permitted e.g. normal roadside pavements and shopping malls etc.)
  4. Where existing traffic signs prohibit use by motor vehicles but permit cycle access, E-Scooters will be regarded the same as pedal cycles

A document containing a number of 'Frequently Asked Questions' can be viewed here

The Experimental Order will operate for a maximum period of 18 months (subject to the DfT licence also being extended) and will be monitored with findings reported to the Council`s Transport Committee meeting after at least 6 months.

The Council will be considering in due course whether the provisions of the Experimental Order should be continued in force indefinitely. Any person may object to the making of the experimental Order for the purposes of such indefinite continuation within a period of 6 months** (a) beginning with the day on which the experimental Order comes into force or (b) if that Order is varied by any order made by the Council or modified by the Director for Communities/Infrastructure Delivery of the Council pursuant to Section 10(2) of the 1984 Act, beginning with the day on which the variation or modification comes into force.

** Objections to the proposals and other representations, specifying the grounds on which they are made, may be sent in by completing the online questionnaire, via email or in writing (quoting ref:AK/EXP.12.6.320) to the address below by 17 September 2021. The Council will consider objections and representations received in response and they may be disseminated widely for these purposes and made available to the public (the Forward Plan of decisions meetings can be viewed here).


  • Opened
    18 Mar 2021 at 00:00
  • Closed
    17 Sep 2021 at 15:00


Contact Name Christian Mauz (Technical Officer - Traffic & Road Safety)
Contact Email Address christian.mauz@oxfordshire.gov.uk
Contact Phone Number 0345 310 1111
Contact Postal Address Oxfordshire County Council
County Hall
New Road

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