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Police warning to stay off electric scooters in public after surge in children using them to get to school




Police in Bishop’s Stortford and Sawbridgeworth are warning residents that it is still illegal to ride electric scooters on public roads and pavements.

The alert was sparked by a surge in children using them to travel to school.

The e-scooters are currently permitted to be ridden only on private land with the landowner’s permission, or as part of a Government trial.

Riding an e-scooter in public when it is not part of an authorised pilot can result in a fine, penalty points and the vehicle being seized
Riding an e-scooter in public when it is not part of an authorised pilot can result in a fine, penalty points and the vehicle being seized

Riding one in public when it is not part of an authorised pilot can result in a fine, penalty points and the vehicle being seized.

East Herts police neighbourhood inspector Chris Hunt said: “With trials of rented e-scooters taking place around the country, some people are purchasing their own in the mistaken belief they can legally use them on public paths and roads. This is not the case and we are finding that otherwise law-abiding citizens are inadvertently breaking the law in this way.

“One of the main issues we are currently experiencing in the local area is children using them to travel to and from school. Not only is this illegal, but it also presents a real danger to both the rider and pedestrians.

“Our focus is on engaging with members of the public to make them aware of the law regarding e-scooters. PCSOs have been liaising with local schools to reiterate advice and I would encourage parents to please ensure their children are following the guidelines correctly.”

For Government advice see https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/powered-transporters/information-sheet-guidance-on-powered-transporters.



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