Police warn Christmas shoppers about e-scooter laws
PEOPLE considering buying an electric scooter this Christmas are being urged to fully understand the law before they do.
While e-scooters are legally available to purchase, it’s currently against the law to ride a privately owned e-scooter in any public place in the UK. This includes roads, pavements, parks, town centres or promenades. 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. As such, if they are used on a road, pavement or public place they are subject to the same legal requirements as any motor vehicle.
PC Jason Green, Road Casualty Reduction Officer with Dorset Police, said: “We understand that e-scooters are very tempting for Christmas presents, but we would urge people to fully understand the law first.
“If our officers find anyone using e-scooters in a public place, the scooter could be seized, and the rider reported for any offences.
“I would also urge anyone using an e-scooter legally, on private land, to carefully consider their safety before doing so. All riders should wear a helmet, younger riders particularly, would benefit from additional protective clothing such as knee and elbow pads to minimise injury.”