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Hertfordshire Constabulary support NPCC vulnerable road user campaign

10 Sep 2021
  • Hertfordshire Constabulary are supporting the NPCC vulnerable road user campaign.

  • Officers will be educating the public about the appropriate use of e-scooters.

Hertfordshire Constabulary are supporting the National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC) vulnerable road user campaign, which runs between 6 and 19 September. Throughout this period, police officers will be educating the public about the appropriate use of electric scooters, commonly known as e-scooters.

E-scooters have increased in popularity in recent years, but they are only legal to ride on private land with the landowner’s permission or as part of a government trial.

Officers in Hertfordshire will remind people that riding an e-scooter in public when it is not part of an authorised trial is against the law and can result in penalty points, a fine and the vehicle being seized.

It is also illegal to ride a Segway, Go-Ped or powered unicycle on public roads, cycle lanes and pathways as they are not considered roadworthy vehicles.

E-scooters fall within the legal definition of ‘motor vehicle’, meaning that the same laws that apply to other vehicles also apply to them. This includes:

  • Riding with insurance
  • Driving dangerously or under the influence
  • Conformity with technical standards and standards of use
  • Payment of vehicle tax, licensing and registration
  • Driver testing and licensing
  • The use of relevant safety equipment.

 

Chief Inspector Simon Tabert said: “With trials of rented e-scooters taking place around the country, some people are purchasing their own in the mistaken belief they can legally use them on public paths and roads. This is not the case and we are finding that otherwise law-abiding citizens are inadvertently breaking the law in this way.

“Some parents are giving them to children to travel to school. It is important to highlight that many e-scooters have a maximum speed of 15.5mph and some are able to exceed this, which can be dangerous for the rider and pedestrians if they are involved in a collision.

“Our focus is primarily to engage with members of the community and making them aware of the law regarding e-scooters. Offenders who knowingly and persistently break the law will be dealt with appropriately. Residents across Hertfordshire have highlighted the use of e-scooters as an issue where they live, and we are making it a priority across the force to crack down on this.”

For more information on using publicly owned e-scooters please read the Government legislation. Guidance on rented e-scooters used as part of a government trial is available here.

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