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Police issue warning on e-scooters ahead of week of action

A person using an electric scooter or e-scooter, on the road in Westminster, London. <i>(Image: PA)</i>
A person using an electric scooter or e-scooter, on the road in Westminster, London. (Image: PA)

Police are set to clamp down on the unlawful use of e-scooters in a week of action.

West Yorkshire Police is holding a drive to engage with members of the public and explain current laws around e-scooters.

Officers from the Roads Policing Unit and district patrol and neighbourhood policing teams will be recording and collating all warnings and enforcement action taken in relation to the vehicles.

It will last from Monday, January 30, to Sunday, February 5.

Classified as ‘personal light electric vehicles’ (PLEVs), e-scooters cannot legally be ridden on a UK public road, pavement or cycle lane.

E-scooters are subject to the same legal requirements as cars such as: MOT, licensing, tax, and insurance.

As e-scooters do not have numberplates, signalling ability and do not always have visible rear lights, they cannot be used legally on the roads.

The only place an e-scooter can be used is on private land, with the permission of the landowner.

Inspector Chris Robinson, of West Yorkshire Police’s Roads Policing Unit, said: “Sadly, nationally there have been a number of fatal and serious injury collisions involving e-scooters. Many of these collisions have involved children.

“This week of action is around working with children and parents alike to engage, educate and encourage those illegally using e-scooters to stop using them on roads and public spaces.

“Where someone has already been warned about the illegal use of an e-scooter or is using the e-scooter in an otherwise anti-social or dangerous manner then we will look to seize the vehicle and take enforcement action.

“This is all about making our roads safer for everyone.”

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