What is the law on e-scooters in Beds, Cambs and Herts?
PUBLISHED: 16:48 10 November 2020
During this month’s vulnerable road user campaign, which runs between November 9 and 22, police officers will be educating the public about the appropriate use of electric scooters.
E-scooters have increased in popularity in recent years – but they are only legal to ride on private land with the landowner’s permission, or as part of a government trial.
Riders will be reminded by officers that – when it is not part of an authorised trial – e-scooters are against the law and can result in penalty points, a fine and the vehicle being seized.
It is also illegal to ride a Segway, Go-Ped or powered unicycle on public roads, cycle lanes and pathways as they are not considered roadworthy vehicles.
Ch Insp Rebecca Rowley-Smith – from the Roads Policing Unit for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire – 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.
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This is not the case and we are finding that otherwise law-abiding citizens are inadvertently breaking the law in this way.
“Some parents are giving them to children to travel to school. It is important to highlight that many e-scooters have a maximum speed of 15.5mph and some are able to exceed this, which can be dangerous for the rider and pedestrians if they are involved in a collision.
“Our focus is engaging with members of the community and making them aware of the law regarding e-scooters. Offenders who knowingly and persistently break the law will be dealt with appropriately.”
For more information on using publicly owned e-scooters please read the government legislation. Guidance on rented e-scooters used as part of a government trial is available here at www.gov.uk/guidance/e-scooter-trials-guidance-for-users.
Currently there are no e-scooter trials in Herts but in Buckinghamshire – specifically in Aylesbury, High Wycombe and Milton Keynes – and in Cambridge, government permission has been granted in certain areas.
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