The boy was arrested on Wednesday (May 5) afternoon after being seen riding his electric scooter around town and inside Queensgate, narrowly avoiding pedestrians.
He was arrested for dangerous driving, driving without a licence or insurance and his scooter was seized. This is because electric scooters are classed as a motorised vehicle.
It is only legal to ride electric scooters on private land or as part of a government trail.
The boy has since been released while Police continue their investigation.
A statement on the Policing Peterborough Facebook page said: “Our city centre neighbourhood policing team arrested a 16-year-old boy this afternoon for dangerous driving.
“You might think he isn’t old enough to drive??? However, he was in fact riding an electric scooter around town in a dangerous manner, narrowly avoiding pedestrians and riding it inside Queensgate shopping centre!
“The teen was arrested for dangerous driving, driving without a licence or insurance and we seized the scooter.
“We’ve had a chat with him in custody and he’s been released while we continue our investigation.
“Did you know it is only legal to ride an e-scooter on private land with the landowner’s permission or as part of a government trial?
“We believe many people are unaware of this and that penalties for riding them in public can result in points on your licence, a fine and the vehicle being seized.
“For more information on using publicly owned e-scooters please read the government advice.”