Police issue warning over e-scooter use at Christmas

Crime / Mon 4th Dec 2023 at 08:03am

AS part of their drink drive campaign, police are urging the public to take a taxi, not an e-scooter.

In the last few years, the popularity of e-scooters has grown – it’s seen as a fun gift for young people, but there’s a serious side too.

Privately owned e-scooters remain illegal to use on roads and pavements. In fact, the only place they can be used is on private land and with the landowner’s permission.

A police spokesperson said: “Of course, you can use an approved company e-scooter at several sites across the county without worrying, but we’d ask you to think again before buying an e-scooter or hopping on one to get home after a night out.

In an attempt to keep everyone safe this Christmas, we’ll be proactively patrolling the roads, targeting drink drivers and that includes anyone using an e-scooter to get home after a night out.

They’re not a toy and we need people to understand the legal implications of using one on a road or pavement.

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

We don’t want anyone to be disappointed on Christmas morning when they find out that they can’t test ride their new e-scooter for the first time in a public area. Or even worse, it’s seized because road-use is illegal.

We also want to educate owners of privately owned e-scooters and all riders ahead of time, that it’s illegal to use an e-scooter whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs – it’s the same as getting behind the wheel of a car and drink driving – and neither will be tolerated.

Where there is use of privately-owned e-scooters in public areas, or evidence of other offences, we will take appropriate enforcement action.

“This includes e-scooter seizure and riders being reported for driving offences”.

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5 Comments for Police issue warning over e-scooter use at Christmas:

2023-12-04 08:47:07

Laughable, the town is full of these all year round. Plus illegal e-bikes that are motorbikes, ridden at high speeds.

2023-12-04 17:00:09

What a joke , they're everywhere. They laugh at the law.

2023-12-05 01:11:02

E-Scooters the drug runners preferred mode of transport in Harlow, judging by the amount running around Harlow daily I had assumed they were legal

2023-12-07 20:22:18

Based on the fact that these e scooters canbe seen every day of the week on roads and on the pavement including shopping precincts it's pretty obvious that action is somewhat lacking

2023-12-14 20:13:22

But you can hire a privately owned one legally and not use one you purchase How convenient for the powers that be

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