It's not actual legislation is it? It's a set of regulation changes designed to fit e-scooters inside of an existing legal framework. It's not entirely surprising that vehicles that are not legal to ride in public places have no registration or means of identifying them. The same is true of the mini-motos that are a noisy nuisance at times around here. Fundamentally though, no-one has been enforcing the law and stopping people riding e-scooters or e-skateboards - I have personally seen people riding both past police stations, cars, and officers on a regular basis with no action being taken. So it's no surprise that they continue to ride these things rather than try to find a "legal" one to rent. It's a crap headline - "Law breaking people breaking more laws", but when the idea is to demonstrate that they are a beneficial addition to our transport mix (and it's the law that is wrong, not the responsible scooter user), it's not helpful.But the legislation surrounding the use of e-scooters (like much of recent legislation) has been ill thought-through at best. The Police do not have the time to go after e-scooters being ridden illegally, and the e-scooters themsleves have no form of identification making enforcement very difficult. The latter is particularly important to identify between legally rented machines and illegally used owned machines. A lot of the alledged anti-social behaviour wasn't even illegal under current rules.
I'd like the trial to succeed - I think they would be a good addition to our transport mix and would be particularly beneficial to the last mile type stuff. TBH, I would have preferred the trial the other way around - personal devices need to get some sort of proof of 3rd party insurance and you need to display it on your scooter. If experience with bikes is anything to go by, the "dockless" rental companies will clog up pavements with junk and drive each other out of business chasing non-existent profits (while trying to replace all the ones that end up nicked/in the river). Also, it seems to me that lots of reports of "anti-social" cycling are a result of conflict between cyclists and pedestrians on badly thought out shared paths. It is inevitable that if you add scooters into the mix, you end up with more conflict, even if no-one has done anything illegal or dangerous.