Message from PC Lloyd Stone
There has been an increase in the use of eScooters in the Bromsgrove area. Currently, the only eScooters which can legally be used on a public highway are Bird hire eScooters, and only in desigated parts of Redditch. All others can only be used on private land with the land owner’s permission. For more information please see below.
What is an e-scooter?
Electrical scooters (also known as e-scooters) come under the category of “powered transporters”. This also covers a range of other personal transport devices which are powered by a motor.
“Powered transporters” fall within the legal definition of a motor vehicle under the Road Traffic Act 1988. Therefore, the rules that apply to motor vehicles, also apply to e-scooters.
As a motor vehicle, they must comply with various pieces of Road Traffic Legislation, including but not limited to:
· driving with a licence
· driving/riding with insurance
· driving/riding other than on a road
· need to be taxed
It is not currently possible to get appropriate insurance for privately owned e-scooters, meaning it is illegal to use them on the road or in public spaces.
Rental e-scooter trials
Trials of rental e-scooters are taking place in the UK. Any person who uses a rental e-scooter on a public road or other public space, must comply with the relevant Road Traffic Legislation or they face potential prosecution.
Legal use of an e-scooter
It is legal to use an e-scooter:
· on private land with the permission of the land owner
· when the trial comes in, it will be legal to use the rental e-scooters, from specific companies on the road
Enforcement focused on private e-scooters
Prior to and during the trial, enforcement will be focused on private e-scooters. The most appropriate action for the circumstances will be given, these include:
· a Fixed Penalty Notice for no insurance, with a £300 fine and six penalty points
· a Fixed Penalty Notice for no driving licence, up to £100 fine and three to six penalty points
Police will also take action against rider behaviour, whether private or rental. Offences could include:
· riding on the footway: Fixed Penalty Notice and possible £50 fine
· using a mobile phone: £100 and six penalty points
· riding through red lights: Fixed Penalty Notice, £100 fine and possible penalty points
· drink driving offences: As with driving cars; court imposed fines, driving ban and possible imprisonment
We would always recommend to wear safety protection such as a helmet when riding these vehicles, and to keep to the speed limit.