Lancashire Police are urging people to learn the law surrounding e-scooters before buying one or riding around on the streets.
Electric scooters have become more and more popular over the last year, but it appears that there is some confusion about exactly where they can be used.
It is illegal to ride a privately owned e-scooter in any public place in the UK – and this includes roads, pavements, parks, town centres, and canal towpaths. The only place a privately owned e-scooter can be used is on private land.
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The rent of e-scooters is legal in some parts of the UK as part of the Government’s “Future Transport Zone” trial – however Lancashire is not part of these trials.
Officers from Lancaster Area Police are reminding people that e-scooters in public can result in the vehicle being seized, and you could even be fined and get points on your driving licence if caught riding one illegally.
In a Facebook post, the force said: “It’s currently against the law to ride an e-scooter on a public road, pavement or cycle lane.
“E-scooters are classified as Personal Light Electric Vehicles (PLEVs), so they are treated as motor vehicles and subject to the same legal requirements, such as MOT, Licensing, Tax, Insurance”
It added: “Section 59 of the Police Reform Act allows police to give road users a warning if they are reported to have used their vehicle in a manner which causes alarm, distress or annoyance. Lancashire Police also have the powers to seize vehicles – please make sure you keep your e-scooter on private land so this doesn’t happen. Let’s work together to keep people safe.”
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.
Officers also urged riders who use their e-scooters legally on private land to always wear a helmet and to consider wearing additional protective clothing such as knee and elbow pads.
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