Anyone riding an e-scooter in Leicestershire is likely to have it seized, police have said.
The electric scooters are often seen on roads and pavements around the city and county, but they are not actually legal unless they belong to a company permitted to lease them out.
Leicestershire’s road policing unit made it clear in a tweet last night tthat anyone in Leicestershire seen using an e-scooter was likely to be using it illegally, and could therefore expect to have it seized.
The police said they had seized the scooter on Saturday morning in Leicester city centre.
The full tweet read: “E-scooter seized this morning in @LPCityCentre after seen on the pavement.
“Remember these vehicles can not be used in any public place unless part of an approved rental scheme (there are none in Leicester).
“If seen liable to be seized.”
This year, police are starting to take action against e-scooter riders who are out in public.
Yesterday’s tweet is the first action by Leicestershire Police to be widely publicized.
They are following the lead of neighbouring forces in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.
Last month in Swadlincote, just over the Leicestershire/Derbyshire border, a number of e-scooters were seized by the local police and the riders were also given £200 lockdown breach fines.
And earlier this month, the Nottinghamshire force confiscated a number of the vehicles being ridden around Bulwell.
Nottingham has a council-backed rental scheme providing the scooters legally for public roads, but the ones seized were privately owned.
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Anyone riding an e-scooter needs to have rented it from an authorised company, which will have the required insurance and permission for the vehicles to be used in public.
Privately-owned e-scooters are not illegal but they should only be ridden on private land and only with the permission of the land owner.