Safer Roads Humber: know the rules on private e-scooters

Safer Roads Humber: know the rules on private e-scooters

Safer Roads Humber has launched a new social media campaign to raise awareness of the laws on
privately owned electric scooters – which are illegal for use on public roads, cycle lanes and pavements.

Under Government regulations, e-scooters are classed as ‘powered transporters’ – a term used to cover a
variety of novel and emerging personal transport devices which are powered by a motor.

While trials of rental e-scooter schemes were made legal by the Government in July 2020 – and have since
been launched in towns and cities across the UK including Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire, the laws on
private e-scooters have remain unchanged.

This means anyone who uses a privately owned e-scooter on a public road or other prohibited space is
committing a criminal offence and can be prosecuted.

The potential penalties depend on the nature and gravity of the offence, ranging from a fine and penalty
points to disqualification from driving.

The e-scooter could also be impounded. People using e-scooters dangerously or while under the influence of drink or drugs can also be convicted of offences leading to imprisonment.

However, it is legal to use an e-scooter on private land, to which members of the public does not have access to, with the permission of the landowner.

The new social media campaign launched by Safer Roads Humber is running across Facebook and Twitter
and comprises a series of simple graphics and an animation.

Ruth Gore spokesperson for Safer Roads Humber said: “There is no doubt that e-scooters are a mode of
transport of the future – but the fact is at this current time, the use of privately owned devices remains
illegal on public roads, cycle lanes and pavements.

“The information given out when you buy your own e-scooter is very limited, so people could be buying
them with the best intentions to use themselves or perhaps for a child to get to school but are actually
breaking the law, hence the reason for running this campaign. We would much rather raise awareness of
the situation than have to take enforcement action.

“However, if you are caught committing the offence, your e-scooter can be seized and you could get a £300
fixed-penalty notice and six points on your driving licence. These laws are in place for both your safety, and
the safety of other road users.”


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