The Stevenage Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) are advising the public to familiarise themselves with the law around e-scooters now that the summer holidays are underway.
The vehicles have become increasingly popular in recent years, however it is illegal to ride them on public land anywhere in Hertfordshire.
SNT Inspector Nick Redfearn said: “E-scooters can only be used on private land with the landowner’s permission. While they can be used on public land as part of a government trial, there are no trials taking place anywhere in Hertfordshire at this time.
“To be clear, this means that if you are riding an e-scooter through the streets of Stevenage, or in the town centre, you are breaking the law.
“I appreciate that many parents may be buying these scooters for their children thinking they are harmless fun and are unaware of the legislation, and that some riders are using them sensibly. However, these vehicles can be very dangerous and many people across the country have been injured as a result of collisions involving e-scooters.
“If you are caught riding an e-scooter on a public highway, pavement or cycle lane it could be seized by the police. You could then be reported for driving offences which would lead to significant penalty points and a fine.
“If you are a parent letting your child ride these in public, you will be the one found responsible and in turn this could affect your own driving licence.
“Please take heed of this advice and if you have a friend or family member using these vehicles, let them know so that they don’t get into trouble either.”
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