"Users will be permitted to ride electric scooters on roads, tracks and public cycle lanes, but will be required to hold a full or provisional driver's licence and wear a helmet. It will remain illegal for individuals to drive privately owned scooters on public highways."
But why? I've been trying to figure this out. I needed transport (especially during this lockdown) without a car, and the only thing I could fit in my available space at the time, was an electric folding scooter. Professionally made, with lights, with speed limits, with (as far as you can make on a standing scooter) "push assist" with a helmet, and with a (car licence as it's not classed as a motorcycle, but closer to an e-bike) licence and being as safe and courteous as possible to everyone.
It got me to where I needed to get and back to the car.
It's as slow as a bicycle. It's as balanced as anything else I've ridden. If I needed a MOT and bike licence I'd happily get one, but I would ask "why not *also* ask bicycles for this too?" as what actual difference does electric motors make to feet? What safety difference does it make if its me peddling vs my mate peddling and me resting, vs electric vs petrol? I mean, if we were talking about wind, then that would be dangerous!
But that's the thing what is magic about foot pedals!?!?! And what would it take to register it as a motorbike? I mean, would they not just laugh at me if I did the required mods and turned up with a helmet to ask for a certificate and VIN number? (Don't tempt me, I'm pedantic like that, and I will do it!!! XD ).
If it's dangerous, then get other motorised vehicles off the road, or tell me how it needs to be modified to be safe. If it's safe, then stop making it illegal! (I in no was condone using it on pavements though, but neither should bicycles be on pavements!)