Eco-conscious commuters are set for a welcome boost to their journey under plans to legalise the use of electric scooters on roads and cycle lanes.
The government is expected to launch a consultation next month on how to regulate the speedy scooters and ensure safety, the Times reported.
Ministers are expected to suggest that e-scooters are treated like bicycles, allowing them to travel on roads and in cycle lanes. They would also be equipped with so-called speed inhibitors that would limit their speed to 15.5mph, according to the report.
The mooted green light will likely be welcomed by environmental campaigners as part of wider efforts to reduce vehicle emissions.
The UK is currently lagging behind other countries over e-scooter lesigation, with hire schemes already available in cities such as San Francisco and Paris.
A Department for Transport spokesperson said: “Safety is at the heart of our road laws, and people who use e-scooters need to be aware it is currently illegal to ride them on the road and the pavement.
“The government is considering the use of e-scooters and e-skateboards as part of a regulatory review, as announced in March.”