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Police continue enforcement around illegal use of e-scooters

8 Jun 2021
  • New signage has been installed across Bishop's Stortford and Sawbridgeworth.

  • Tackling illegal use of e-scooters is a neighbourhood priority.

  • Three scooters have been seized.

New signage has been installed across Bishop’s Stortford and Sawbridgeworth as police continue to crackdown on the illegal use of e-scooters.

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

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 scooter being seized.

PCSO Clare Andrews, from the Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “Over the past few months, we have received numerous complaints from members of the public about e-scooters being used illegally and putting people in danger.

“With trials of rented e-scooters taking place around the country, some people are purchasing them 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.

“However, we are also seeing them being ridden anti-socially by young people who know full well that they should not be using them.”

As a result, educating members of the public and tackling the illegal use of e-scooters has become a neighbourhood policing priority for both Bishop’s Stortford and Sawbridgeworth.

PCSO Andrews, who is leading the project, continued: “This is an issue that we are taking seriously, as using an e-scooter illegally puts members of the public and the riders themselves at risk of being seriously hurt.

“We’ve secured funding for new signage, which is in the process of being installed and we’ve seized three scooters since December (2020).”

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