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IRC presents position on the introduction of an Online Sales Tax (OST)

19 May 2022

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UK government leads global transport transformation as it takes over ITF presidency in Germany

19 May 2022

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National Living Wage Review published

19 May 2022

The Low Pay Commission has now published its review of the National Living Wage from 2015-2020.
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Local Bike Shop Day 2022 celebrated by record number of retailers, orgs and shoppers!

12 May 2022

Local Bike Shop Day 2022 was a great success across the UK, with online platforms thriving as well as a surge in the physical footfall seen in-stores!
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Latest #BikeIsBest campaign launched: We Can, You Can

12 May 2022

We Can, You Can is a celebration of the many faces of cycling. The way we move is changing. And the people leading the change are like me and you. We can, you can.
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How the Queen’s Speech affects independent shops

10 May 2022

The speech sets out the government’s agenda for the upcoming Parliament, outlining proposed policies and legislation. An overview of the main announcements relevant to independent shops is... Read more…

How are bike shops across the nation celebrating Local Bike Shop Day 2022?

26 Apr 2022

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Spend with Cyclescheme on Local Bike Shop Day and win a £250 voucher!

21 Apr 2022

On Local Bike Shop Day 4 lucky customers that purchase a bike through Cyclescheme will be awarded a £250 cycling voucher for the store they collect the bike from! In addition to offering a... Read more…

1 day to go! Attending the Cycle Show? Learn technical tips with Cytech experts, save £50 off Theory one & win!

21 Apr 2022

Cytech are attending the Cycle Show and will be demonstrating key practices in bike maintenance that are useful for both the trade and public. Alongside the show we're offering... Read more…

Scottish businesses: Complete the Government Covid-19 response survey and attend workshops

21 Apr 2022

The Scottish Government retail division are looking for input with regards to the recent adaptations in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Retailers could face prosecution for selling electric scooters without disclaimers

Posted on in Business News, Cycles News, Outdoor News, Political News

Selling electric scooters without clear warnings is breaking the law, according to minister

escooters Although riding personal electric scooters (e-scooters) on public roads is legal (to varying degrees) in other European countries, in the UK it is illegal to ride them anywhere other than on private land and with the landowners permission.

Only e-scooters rented from licenced operators are allowed to be used on public roads and cycle lanes in the UK – rental schemes are currently running in about 50 towns and cities up and down the country.

A warning has been made to retailers selling e-scooters that they could face prosecution if they don’t make these legal considerations clear to customers at the point of sale.

Redditch MP and former transport minister Rachel Maclean has said that shops and websites “are breaking the law and misinforming consumers if they are not making it clear at the point of sale.”

She went on to say that local trading standards should start taking action against retailers who continue to sell the devices without any disclaimers. According to The Times, the comments were made after a rise in the number of people riding these vehicles on UK roads, fuelled in part by the drop in other road traffic during the pandemic, leading some to be concerned.

Research by the newspaper shows that some major retailers do provide legal disclaimers at the point of sale, however many others continue to sell e-scooters freely with no such warning – some even encourage their illegal use on roads. Over 2,000 e-scooters have been seized from customers riding them illegally by The Metropolitan Police since the start of this year.

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