Six people in Newcastle have been charged with drink-driving offences after being arrested while riding electric scooters yesterday.
Five men — all aged between 19 and 22 — were charged with driving over the limit and a sixth with failing to provide a specimen.
A trial e-scooter hire scheme launched in the city on 16 February to try to reduce vehicle emissions but some residents have complained about people using the machines irresponsibly.
E-scooter operator Neuron has now introduced a nighttime curfew, limiting use to between 5am and 11pm.
The 250 orange scooters have a top speed of 15 mph (24 km/h) and can be rented across the city centre, Jesmond and Gosforth.
Riders must be over 18 and have a provisional driving licence at the very least.
The scheme charges riders £1 to unlock an e-scooter and then 18p per minute thereafter.
A Neuron spokesperson said: “In the early days of a trial it is important to see how the e-scooters are being used and to understand what is working and what can be improved.
“We are working closely with Newcastle City Council and have already quickly adapted the service, and will be making further improvements to ensure that e-scooters can integrate into the city in the best, and safest, possible way.”
The six men charged with drink-driving offences will appear before North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court on 25 March.