Two men have been disqualified from driving after being caught over the drink driving limit while using e-scooters in Liverpool.
Merseyside Police said that around 11.45pm on Monday April 19, the two men were reported to be riding Voi electric scooters along Smithdown Road, weaving from side-to-side, zig zagging across the road and riding on the wrong side of the road into the opposing carriageway.
The VOI e-scooters are currently part of a trial in Liverpool and allow people to access them using smartphone technology.
Both men were stopped by officers at the side of the road and both provided positive breath samples.
21 year-old Sam Murray from the Roby area and 22 year-old Daniel Teh from Allerton appeared in court this week and both were both disqualified from driving for 16 months and ordered to pay £120 costs.
Matrix roads policing Sergeant Tim Pottle said: “The Voi electric scooters, which are currently being trialled in the Liverpool region, although legal to ride on roads, are still subject to the laws regarding motor vehicles and require a driving licence.
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“Where officers believe an offence has been committed or the standard of driving or riding is of danger to road users then action will be taken.
“In this case both males were stopped by officers and gave positive breath tests. Both have since been banned from driving for 16 months and ordered to pay costs.”
The Merseyside Roads Policing Unit tweeted out an image from the incident, with two of the e-scooters pictured next to a police car.
The Voi e-scooter trial in Liverpool has been welcomed by many, with the scooters seen as a useful method of taking short journeys that can help people avoid using cars.
But there have been issues raised as well around safety and anti-social behaviour.
The city’s Liberal Democrat team has called for an urgent review of the pilot scheme – which will run until next spring – after reports of numerous accidents and incidents.
The ECHO understands that a Trauma Network Group has now been set up involving the city’s hospitals to collate accidents and injuries involving the scooters.
Voi said safety of riders, pedestrians and other road users is its number one priority.
A spokesperson said: “We work closely with the local council to ensure our riders know their responsibilities and educate Voi users with in-person ambassadors, safety information on the scooter and in-app messages, and rewarding riders for completing our online e-scooter driving school.”
The company said it is working on more features to improve the safety of its scooters.