Buying a street legal electric scooter in the UK has been a challenge in the past, but not anymore with the street legal EEC SXT electric scooter range you can do just that
The law on street legal electric scooters
In order to be UK street legal, electric scooters have to comply with certain criteria. If you’re looking at an electric vehicle of any kind, you first need to find out is whether it is EC type approved. If so, it is automatically street legal.
The SXT EEC range are certified as EC type approved and is therefore a street legal electric scooter. When you buy the SXT EEC scooter range, you know that you’re purchasing a reliable and, importantly, fully compliant electric scooter which you can drive on UK roads.
What happens if an electric vehicle is not EC approved? In that case, it may mean that it is not a street legal electric scooter and that you would only be able to drive it on private land. Basically, if an electric vehicle is not EC approved and it has a twist and go throttle, it needs to be registered. To be eligible for registration, it has to have certain characteristics, such as a headlight that can adjust up and down.
So, when you’re looking for a street legal electric scooter, ask yourself the following questions:
1. Is it EC type approved?
a. If yes, it is automatically street legal.
b. If no, go to question 2.
2. Does it have twist and go throttle?
a. If yes, it needs to be registered in the UK to be a street legal electric scooter, EVEN if it only goes 5 mph! Check with the Vehicle & Operator Services Agency (VOSA) to see what this involves.
b. If not, it may not be an electric vehicle and may not need to be registered. Best to check with VOSA.
Remember, if it doesn’t have an EC approval certificate and can’t be registered in the UK, it’s not a street legal electric scooter. This means you won’t be able to drive it on public roads.
Buying a street legal electric scooter
Once you find your UK street legal electric scooter, you can enjoy all the benefits that come with it. For example, the SXT EEC range have zero emissions, makes barely a sound, travels up to a legal speed of 28 mph and for up to 30 miles on a single charge. When it needs a top up, just plug it in to any electric socket!
Do I need insurance for my electric SXT EEC road legal scooter scooter?
Electric Scooters are classified as two-wheeled motor vehicle, so as a legal requirement they do require insurance. Electric scooters are rated in one of the lowest insurance bands so are generally less to insure than an equivalent petrol version.
Let’s get your SXT EEC electric scooter on the road
Before you can ride your new scooter on a public road it needs to be registered with DVLA and have a number plate fitted and tax disc holder fitted.
Both of which would have been bought by yourself (tax disc holder and number plate)
You will need the following items
Current driving Licence (photo card and paper licence)
Valid certificate of insurance or cover note
Utility bill within the last three months confirming your address.
Along with that you will have a lot of forms to fill in, declaration of newness, C&E 389, V55/5 first registration form. And pay £55.00 first registration charge.
Yoy need to send this to vehicle registrations at the DVLA. (as long as everything is in order and all correct, you will to start the whole process over again)
Electric scooters are classified as two-wheeled vehicles, so as a legal requirement they do require insurance. Electric scooters are rated in one of the lowest insurance bands so are generally less to insure than an equivalent petrol version.
You do need to display a tax disc on your SXT EEC Scooter, but because it’s %100 electric the tax disc is ZERO rate, That’s right it’s FREE.
When your scooter is three years old it will require a MOT.
Swinton Scooter Insurance Telephone: 0800 294 4939
Please note that these are some of the insurance companies that our existing customers have used. ScooterTown do not have any association with the above insurance companies and insurance costs are down to individual circumstances