Experimental order: Chester - electric scooter trial (public notice)

NOTICE is hereby given that on the 10th day of December 2020 Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council made the above Traffic Regulation Order in accordance with the provisions of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, which will come into force on 21st December 2020.

The experimental Order has been made in connection with a trial of electric scooters within the Chester area hired from a company authorised by the Department of Transport.  The Order provides that traffic regulation orders which contain prohibitions or restrictions of traffic but include exemptions for pedal cycles will also include the same exemptions for electric scooters.  
The exemptions apply only to electric scooters hired from the company as part of the trial.  Such electric scooters will also be permitted on cycle tracks, that is, ways for cyclists comprised within a highway but segregated from the carriageway.  To give effect to traffic signs legislation, which permits electric scooters within cycle lanes, cycle tracks will be redesignated as cycle lanes.
Full details are in the experimental Order which, together with a plan showing the extent of the electric scooter operating area, may be viewed in the Public Notices section of the Council’s website.  Copies may be obtained by emailing: engch@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk or via telephone request to 0300 123 7036.

The experimental Order will be in force for a maximum period of 18 months, during which time the Council will consider whether to make a permanent Order. If you wish to object to the provisions of the experimental Order continuing in force indefinitely, you may do so in writing, stating the grounds on which it is made, to the undersigned within a period of six months:

(i)    beginning with the day on which the experimental Order came into force; or
(ii)    if that Order is varied by another Order or modified pursuant to section 10(2) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, beginning with the day on which the variation or modification or the latest variation or modification came into force.

Any person who desires to question the validity of the experimental Order or of any provision therein on the grounds that it is not within the powers conferred by the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 or on the grounds that any requirement of that Act or any regulation made thereunder has not been complied with in relation to the Orders may within six weeks from 10th December 2020 make an application to the High Court for this purpose.

Kieran Collins
Highways Commissioner
Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council
Highways Office Guilden Sutton
Guilden Sutton Lane
Guilden Sutton
Chester CH3 7EX

Email: Transportstrategy@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk

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