Ministers are considering overturning a decades-long ban on electric scooters, Segways and hoverboards as part of a wide-ranging review of the future of urban transport.

Jesse Norman, the transport minister, said he would “look quite closely” at finding a way of allowing e-scooters and similar vehicles on the road – potentially through a permit or licensing system – something that has been illegal for at least 30 years.

In the past 18 months, e-scooters have become a common sight in many cities in the US and Europe, but in Britain people have been prosecuted for riding them on public roads and footpaths. “E-scooters, e-bikes, e-mopeds, e-skateboards – we’re seeing these all over the streets already and we’re thinking about those modes of transport,” Norman told the Observer.

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