West Yorkshire Police is running an e-scooter week of action as part of a drive to engage, explain and encourage members of the public around the lawful use of the vehicles.
During the week of action (30 January-5February 2023) 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, which cannot legally be ridden on a UK public road, pavement or cycle lane.
E-scooters are classified as Personal Light Electric Vehicles (PLEVs), so they are treated as motor vehicles and subject to the same legal requirements, such as:
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.
“There is of course a fourth ‘e’ – enforce. 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.
“We don’t want to be unnecessarily taking away e-scooters that may have been purchased as Christmas presents or similar, but owners need to be aware that they should only be used on private land. This is all about making our roads safer for everyone.”
The government is currently running trials of rental e-scooters which are insured and can be used on roads and cycle lanes. There are not currently any trials taking place in West Yorkshire.
You can find more information about the law regarding e-scooters at: Powered transporters – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
This post is based on a press release issued by West Yorkshire Police
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