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A man is set to face court next month charged with driving while disqualified and driving without insurance after he was stopped on an e-scooter in the middle of the city centre.

Police have confirmed they stopped the man riding the e-scooter along Armada Way on April 12.

Further inquiries noted the 24-year-old man was suspected of being a disqualified driver and driving without insurance.

He was arrested and taken to Charles Cross police station custody suite for interview.

Joshua Bishop, from Stonehouse, was later charged with disqualified driving and driving without insurance.

He was bailed to appear at Plymouth Magistrates’ Court on May 4 where he will face the two charges.

It is believed he is the first person in Plymouth to be charged and appear in court in connection with riding an e-scooter.

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In March police across Devon and Cornwall issued a series of warnings regarding e-scooters, alerting unsuspecting buyers that the two-wheeled electric vehicles were not entitled by law to be ridden on the roads of pavements.

Brixham Police even warned that if it was driven on public land the riders were at risk of being reported for “several penalty point offences and having the scooter seized”

E-scooters are classified as Personal Light Electric Vehicles (PLEVs) and are treated as motor vehicles, which means that if they are used on a road, pavement or public place they are subject to the same legal requirements as any motor vehicle.

Penalties which could be incurred for using a ‘motor vehicle’ on a road or other public place:

• Without insurance – six points, £300 fine, seizure of vehicle

• Without a licence – penalty points, fine, seizure of vehicle

• Failing to comply with Construction & Use legislation – ranging from non-endorsable fixed penalty to being reported to court for using in a dangerous condition

• Impaired by alcohol/drugs – licence disqualification, fine or penalty points

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