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Jersey To Legalise E-Scooters

Deputy Tom Binet says he wants to work with Jersey Police to facilitate the use of electric scooters in Jersey.

It is part of the island's next steps towards sustainable transport.

The government wants to reduce Jersey's pollution and carbon emissions and improve road safety.

Infrastructure Minister Deputy Tom Binet says the government is committed to reallocating space to encourage walking and cycling in Jersey.

"I’m also pleased to confirm that work is underway to ensure that evidence-based decisions can be taken to facilitate the use of e-scooters.

This will need the development of appropriate legislation to ensure their use is safe.

Road safety, generally, is a community responsibility for our island and a priority for our team."

A published report this week outlines six key points for the next three years:

  • Making the roads safer for all of us;
  • Reallocating road space to prioritise cycling and walking;
  • Raising the profile of public transport;
  • Managing vehicle movement through parking measures;
  • Supporting Jersey's economy;
  • And enabling future transport mobility and legislative change.

Plans include improving infrastructure, helping islanders improve their carbon footprints and creating programmes promoting health and wellbeing.

Another ambition is to cut congestion in town, which could mean moving commuter parking to the outskirts.

Commitments outlined by the Infrastructure Minister are:

  • The creation of a Strategic Road Safety Unit and the publication of a road safety strategy;
  • Creating more accessible, safer, covered waiting areas for bus users;
  • Identifying opportunities to bring low-carbon vehicles into the bus fleet;
  • Reviewing charges and charging periods for parking in public car parks;
  • And working with key stakeholders to support shared mobility transport solutions.

Deputy Binet says the 'Sustainable Transport Policy: Next Steps' report sets out the direction for improvements, and a delivery plan and funding will be needed to make it a reality.

 

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