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Warwickshire Police to raise awareness of e-scooter legislation

Warwickshire Police speak to e-scooter riders and parents to raise awareness of e-scooter legislation – PC 1338 Adam Fletcher from the Roads Policing Unit said “We understand that buying an e-scooter can be tempting, especially as the weather improves however the law is clear. You can buy one but it is illegal to use a privately owned e-scooter in any public space including roads, pavements, parks, town centres or canal towpaths for example. The only place a privately owned e-scooter can be used is on private land.” This is because 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 and insurance. As e-scooters do not have number plates, signalling ability and don’t always have visible rear lights, they can’t be used legally on the roads. PC Fletcher said “Warwickshire Police is working with partners including Warwickshire County Council to educate e-scooter riders first. However, those who continue to ignore the law will have their e-scooter seized, so please make sure you keep your e-scooter on private land so this doesn’t happen to you. Whilst some parts of the country are taking part in Government trials for e-scooter hire with a view to making them legal to use on the roads, Warwickshire is not currently part of the trials so e-scooters cannot be hired at this time.

Mark Ryder, Strategic Director for Communities at Warwickshire County Council said: “We understand the public’s support for environmentally friendly modes of transport, and we want to work with our local communities to make sure our public spaces are safe for everyone. There are a number of trials underway looking at how e-scooters could work and what safety requirements would be needed, and we are keen to learn from these before exploring how they could be used effectively and safely in Warwickshire. Along with the Police, we are therefore asking the public not to buy an e-scooter at this current time, and please do not ride an e-scooter in a public place” Please follow Warwickshire Police on Twitter @WarksPolice and @OPUWarks and help us raise awareness of e-scooter legislation by sharing our posts.

More information can be found here (opens external link) – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/e-scooter-trials-guidance-for-users

You can view and download a factsheet about e-scooters by clicking this link (opens PDF).