Many of the world's largest cities are facing increasing pressure from environmentalists to clean up their act. With inner-city congestion and highly dangerous pollution at an all-time high, the problem is not going to just go away any day soon. Is it now time to relax the outdated laws concerning electric vehicles in the UK? In at least 40 US states and in many European countries, the electric scooter is making headway as an alternative means of clean transport. With top speeds of around 25km per hour (15mph) and a travelling distance of around 30km (18.5 miles) on a full charge, the electric kick scooter is a serious contender for an alternative short distance inner-city mode of transport. If the government are prepared to take action against congestion and inner-city pollution then it's time they took note of the growing concerns of those who live and work in these toxic environments, before a whole stream of public health issues impacts on a currently overloaded NHS. Congestion charges will only go so far, and as long as public transport remains so undesirable, people will still use their cars at any cost. However, that's only because there are no other alternatives. The laws governing Personal Light Electric Vehicles is very outdated and relates the 1835 Highways Act when there were very few vehicles around, let alone any thought of congestion or pollution. Electric bikes are allowed to use the roads and cycle lanes, so why not electric scooters? It seems everyone involved in this transport issue is reluctant to give the go-ahead because they fear an increase in accidents. They tend to forget that if commuters are allowed to use electric scooters then the chances of accidents occurring will become less because there will be fewer cars on the road. Safety helmets are available to e-scooter riders just as they are for bicycle riders and cycle lane users are very under-represented. Some bus lanes and cycle tracks can also accommodate e-scooters without affecting other road users and many public footpaths are also used infrequently. Is the government holding back until they can figure out the best way to tax the e-scooter rider? Citing the possibility of increased accidents would suggest this to be the case. And just think about all that congestion income and parking charges that could be lost. It's time for a serious look at clean alternative modes of transport for our inner cities, to help remove the daily gridlock and cut down on dangerous CO2 emissions once and for all. Electric folding scooters save time and money, cost around one penny a mile to run, are kinder to the environment and can be neatly folded down to fit under a desk. What other realistic alternatives do we have that even come close? Find out more information about e-scooters by visiting www.escooterworld.com It's seriously time for change.