Our position on e-scooters is that they have many advantages: they are convenient, eco-friendly and reduce the number of cars on the road. But everyone must follow the rules regarding their use, otherwise we will see nasty accidents. We were pleased to see that Hampshire Police issue the follwing guidance, which sets the law out clearly.
Electric scooters (e-scooters) are becoming more popular and will be at the top of a lot of Christmas wish lists this year.
Please make sure you familiarise yourself with the legislation around them to keep you and others safe.
- E-scooters are classed as a motor vehicle and so the use of them falls under the Road Traffic Act 1988.
- Privately owned e-scooters cannot be insured, taxed or registered, as motor vehicles need to be.
- They can only be used on private land, with the permission of the landowner.
HOW ARE WE POLICING E-SCOOTERS?
- If someone is stopped using a private e-scooter in a public place for the first time, they will receive a written warning.
- However, if the same person is stopped for a second time, there are police powers to seize the e-scooter either for no insurance or anti-social use of a vehicle.
- There is also fine payable in order to reclaim an e-scooter that has been seized and the individual will also need show proof of purchase.
WHAT ARE THE RULES AROUND RENTAL E-SCOOTERS?
- Rental e-scooters have been rolled out in many areas as part of the government trials.
- Riders can legally use rental e-scooters on public roads (except motorways) and in cycle lanes.
- However, please note that hired e-scooters are still not allowed to be used on the pavement.
- The rules surrounding the use of rental e-scooters include:
- E-scooters should only be used within the local area hosting the trial.
- E-scooters should be used by one person at a time.
- Drink or drug driving laws still apply to those using e-scooters, as does careless and dangerous driving offences.
- Hire companies will fully explain the use and limitations to the user of the e-scooter at the time of hire.