Police from two separate forces on the Wirral Peninsula are warning about scooters and their illegal use on the road.
Local Wirral Police, part of Merseyside Police, and Ellesmere Port Police, part of Cheshire Police, have both warned about electric scooters and how they have the power to confiscate them.
E-scooters can only legally be ridden on private land due to a lack of indicators and no number plates.
Wirral Police has said there are a number of issues with the use of e-scooters around New Ferry, saying they are linked to anti-social behaviour and drug use.
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On Monday, April 19, Wirral Police detained two men and seized two electric scooters, they said: “Recently members of the community raised concern regarding youths smoking cannabis and riding electric scooters anti-socially in New Ferry.
“This evening officers detained two young males riding illegal e-scooters and recovered cannabis from their possession.”
Following this, Ellesmere Port Police wanted to clear up confusion around e-scooters and where they can be ridden.
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They said: “They [e-scooters] are currently only legal to ride on private land with the landowner’s permission, or as part of a Government trial.
“Officers are reminding people that riding an e-scooter in public when it is not part of an authorised trial is against the law, and can result in penalty points, a fine and seizure of the vehicle.
“E-scooters are classified as Personal Light Electric Vehicles (PLEVs), so they are treated as a motor vehicle and subject to the same legal requirements such as MOT, licensing, tax and insurance.
“As e-scooters don’t have number plates, signal ability and don’t always have a visible rear light, they can’t be used legally on the roads.
“We have the powers to seize the e-scooters, please make sure you keep e-scooters on private land, with the landowner’s permission, to ensure this does not happen to you.”