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Electric Vehicles

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 17 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment her Department has made of the contribution to (a) carbon dioxide emissions and (b) congestion reduction targets of permitting the use of two-wheeled, self-balancing electric transportation devices on the public highway; what plans she has to bring forward measures to allow the use of such devices on such highways; and if she will meet representations of manufacturers of such devices to discuss their merits. (179961)

The Department for Transport has made no assessment of the contribution to carbon dioxide emission or congestion reduction targets of permitting the use of two-wheeled, self-balancing electric transportation devices. However, if, as I understand, their use is likely to be as an alternative to walking or cycling then their potential in terms of greenhouse gas and local pollution reduction would appear to be at best negligible.

There have been a number of meetings, demonstrations and exchanges of correspondence, both at ministerial and official level, with manufacturer representatives. There are currently no plans for further meetings.