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We have seen an increase in people using e-scooters across the county but in particular around our towns and city centres and we believe many people are unaware of the current laws around their use.
Electronic scooters, more commonly known as e-scooters, are a form of ‘powered transporter’ which is a term used to cover a variety of novel and emerging personal transport devices powered by a motor. Other forms of powered transporters include Segways, hoverboards, go-peds (combustion engine-powered kick-scooters), powered unicycles, and u-wheels.
Given how powered transporters are motorised and designed, they fall within the legal definition of a ‘motor vehicle’, therefore laws that apply to motor vehicles also apply to powered transporters.
Anyone who uses a powered transporter on a public road or other prohibited space in breach of the law is committing a criminal offence and can be prosecuted.
Penalties for illegal use:
More information about the legal use of e-scooters can be found on the Government’s website.
Vehicles that can be considered motorised are subject to the normal legal requirements that apply to cars or motorbikes when ridden on roads or pavements. These may be mistaken as toys, such as hoverboards, segways or electric scooters.
Motorised vehicles include;
Some people may think of these items as toys, but they are vehicles and the law of riding them applies. If such vehicles are used on a road or pavement by children or young people, they may be committing a number of offences. Parents may also face prosecution for aiding and abetting, or permitting the offences.
These vehicles also can't be legally used on a pavement either. The only place they can be used is on private land, with the landowner's permission.
The normal legal requirements are tax, insurance, vehicle registration and a driving licence. Unless the vehicle and its rider have these in place, it is not legal to use a motorised vehicle on a road. Many of the motorised vehicle may also never be considered 'road legal', as they fail to meet government road vehicle standards.
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