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Essex Police launch E-scooter clampdown in Harlow

Crime / Mon 14th Jun 2021 at 01:21pm

ON Monday 14 June Essex Police will launch an initiative aimed at owners and riders of privately-owned e-scooters used in public areas.

A spokesperson said: “Our overarching aim is to keep everyone safe on our roads and footpaths. We want to educate owners and riders of privately owned e-scooters about the current legislation and, where necessary, take enforcement action especially where there is evidence of anti-social behaviour, other riding offences or wider criminality.

We must ensure those using privately-owned e-scooters do not pose a risk to the public or themselves due to their presence on public highways and pavements.

The rider of a privately-owned e-scooter being used in a public area is required to hold a driving licence and insurance, but many people are not aware of this.

By educating riders and encouraging them not to use privately-owned e-scooters in a public area, we hope that the number of e-scooters being used illegally, and any perceived anti-social behaviour, will be reduced.

“We recognise that a number of these scooters will be owned and ridden by young people, so we have taken the opportunity to write to schools advising parents of our plans. We’re not trying to criminalise anyone, but please ensure you know the rules before buying your child an e-scooter”.

Superintendent Sam Smith, who is leading this initiative, said:

“We have written to schools recently and asked them to raise awareness with parents about the laws surrounding private e-scooters.

“Private e-scooters are permitted in law only to be used on private land, and are illegal if used on public land and we need to raise awareness of this legislation for everyone’s safety.

“We’re not trying to target young people, but we need them to know that there are aspects to riding an e-scooter that could put them, or the wider public, at risk if the e-scooter is being ridden in a dangerous manner.

“Privately owned e-scooters cannot be insured as they are not roadworthy and, therefore, they present a danger to the rider and the rest of the public.”

In the next few weeks, when we stop and speak to any young person riding a privately-owned e-scooter, we will speak to their parents to raise awareness of the law.

Superintendent Smith went on to say:

“We are aware that e-scooters are also used by adults who use them as a means of leisure and transport, but we will stop and speak to them too. We want to keep people safe and continue to deal with reports of e-scooters being involved in crime.

“Where there is persistent use of privately-owned e-scooters, or evidence of other offences, we will take appropriate enforcement action. This includes e-scooter seizure and riders being reported for driving offences.”

Please stop and have a chat with your local Community Police Teams and ask them any questions you might have about e-scooters.

Anyone who wants to know more about e-scooter legislation and official trials of e-scooters should visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/e-scooter-trials-guidance-for-users

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14 Comments for Essex Police launch E-scooter clampdown in Harlow:

Ronald Lucia
2021-06-14 13:35:20

Perhaps you should also look at disability scooters

Alan Jeffries
2021-06-14 16:37:07

Hi work in security in the town center about time you stoped people on E Scooters and bikes riding in the town center there is a notice banning bikes from the town but no one takes any notice and the police and the council do not do anything about it so I do not believe the article at all as known one will enforce the rules till somebody is seriously hurt.

Steve
2021-06-14 18:09:12

Absolute ridiculous e scooters are less dangerous than mountain bikes. Absolute clowns the police force why don't you go after real crimes like youngsters getting stabbed. Absolutely pathetic this country and completely backwards.

Max bartlett
2021-06-14 18:55:13

If we aren’t allowed to ride them in public something needs to be put into place so we can insure them so we can use them on cycle lanes only as e-scooters are much safer then bicycles and they help people get around who can’t afford to get a car

Ian McNaught
2021-06-14 19:04:38

Where are my comments posted earlier?

Claire Britten
2021-06-14 19:05:15

I use mine to stop using my diesel truck to help the environment. I only use it on cycle tracks and always slow when passing pedestrians. This is absurd, what about bikes and mobility scooters

Claire Britten
2021-06-14 19:06:40

I have a driving licence, if I insure my escooter can I use it then? Whats the difference with hiring one that is insured?

Max bartlett
2021-06-14 19:07:27

Too fucking right Claire

Max bartlett
2021-06-14 19:12:12

Technically, an electric scooter does not require vehicle insurance. Due to their classification as Personal Light Electric Vehicles ( PLEVs)

Nick
2021-06-14 20:14:20

Dangerous, reckless - go too fast for paths! Most not got helmets on! Get them off the roads n paths n get a peddle cycle or as I have a 2020 50cc moped that has insurance and cheap to run with full safety gear

Hugh Janus
2021-06-15 08:20:55

The guy who has a moped calling them dangerous and reckless that's brilliant- from a moped rider ! Lol

J
2021-06-15 11:35:35

No wonder the people have had enough of this country and absolutely hate the police. The police need to leave good hard working people alone who are using scooters to get to work . Ok go after the people who are causing trouble BUT please leave good people alone . What's more dangerous a skateboard with no brakes OR a e scooter with electric breaks and disc brakes that stop them . If you look at e scooter stats weve travelled enough miles to go to moon and back 3 times and weve had 16 minor injuries and one death. You put those stats against mountain bikes or bmxs and you will be in for a shock how safe e scooters are .. we need to legalise them for certain ages upwards and be accountable on our driving licence if we speed or cause trouble. Simple

Someone with a brain.
2021-06-20 20:12:09

People comparing e scooters fatalities and statistics to those of bicycles are stupidly and wildly misinformed. Bikes have been around for the best part of a hundred or so years, there has been a long time for people to rack up a few deaths on them. BMXs are at least 30 years old, as are mountain and tracking bikes. E scooters are new and have not had a chance to level off on the stats yet. Until we have the data we cannot say for sure if they are safe or not. In my view, any vehicle in the right hands - is safe. Since it’s the usual dippy gits who ruin things for everyone else. We need to ensure that any type of motorised transport - battery or engine, is licensed and the user has appropriate training and safety knowledge before using them. Until that day happens, we will continue to see idiots and fools going about their day causing accidents and damage wherever they go.

B
2021-08-22 00:22:56

I've seen electric bikes zooming past on roads. No safety gear going aburd speeds. Electric scooters go 15.5mph max 20mph which is speeds push bikes can easily do. I myself have a scooter and slow down around pedestrians. I do not ride the scooter on a road. It doesn't go fast enough to be able to keep up with cars so it would be completely unsafe to do so!

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