As the public consensus for a transition to a low carbon economy continues to increase, the choice for more sustainable transport options will also be demanded by the community.
Responding to this demand are a number of radical new vehicle designs that come under the heading of Light Electric Transport, and that are in the prototyping stage or have recently been put to market, that conform very poorly, if at all, to the current regulations.
Also, the drafting of legislation for electric bikes, electric scooters and other wheeled devices has been reactive and has become problematic as evidenced by inconsistent rulings across different jurisdictions, both nationally and internationally.
The general approach has been to draft legislation from the perspective of the bicycle which really only caters for those vehicles that resemble a bicycle in design.
If legislation was drafted with the view of embracing solutions for reducing urban transport congestion and de-carbonising the transport sector then a far wider range of vehicle designs could be accommodated.