Officers from a specialist police team were left stunned after finding a man racing along an Exeter pavement on Sunday night on a pre-E-scooter while under the influence.
In recent months Devon and Cornwall Police have been actively warning the public to be aware of the illegality of E-scooters on public streets, even threatening to seize the scooters and fine the owners.
In Plymouth, one E-scooter rider, Joshua Bishop, was hit with a fine after being stopped riding it on a pedestrianised area of the city centre while being disqualified from driving. He pleaded guilty at court for driving whilst disqualified and driving without insurance
Devon and Cornwall Police’s Roads Policing Team revealed they recently caught someone on an antiquated version of the modern E-scooter – a petrol-driven one.
Highlighting the old-school contraption on Twitter, they said they spotted it being “ridden down the pavement in Exeter this evening (Sunday) giving it full throttle”.
They added: “The rider was drunk, not insured, no MOT, no driving licence and no tax!! Blew 46ugs in custody!!
“Another one off to court to explain himself!”
E-scooters are classified as Personal Light Electric Vehicles 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