Police are urging e scooter riders in West Yorkshire not to put themselves on ‘the road’ to a conviction by using them illegally this festive season.
With Christmas nearing, West Yorkshire Police is reminding e-scooter owners, and those who may receive them as presents, that they are illegal to use on roads and footpaths.
Current legislation stipulates that whilst legal to buy, can only be used on private land (with permission from landowners) and not on public roads, cycle lanes, or pavements.
Under the law they are classified as Personal Light Electric Vehicles (PLEV’s) and therefore treated as motor vehicles.
As e-scooters do not have number plates, signalling ability and rear lights, they cannot be used legally on the roads.
Roads Policing Inspector Claire Patterson of West Yorkshire Police said:
“We are aware of the current popularity of e-scooters, and there is a chance people may receive them as presents or buy them this Christmas.
“I want to remind owners and people giving them as presents that these scooters are not suitable or legal for use on roads or footpaths.
“They do not have the necessary features to make them both suitable and safe for road use and using them on a footpath puts pedestrians at risk.
“The only way that they can be used legally is to use them on private land where the landowner has given permission.”
“Officers will act against riders using them illegally.
“This could be a simple warning and direction to stop using the scooter illegally, having the e scooter seized through to prosecution if users are seen putting the public’s health and welfare at risk.
“We would encourage owners to enjoy the e-scooters safely but to do so legally, both over the festive season and beyond.”
This post is based on a press release issued by West Yorkshire Police
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