With Black Friday and Christmas fast approaching, police are once again urging people to familiarise themselves with the law around e-scooters.
The vehicles have become increasingly popular in recent years however it is currently still illegal to ride them on public land anywhere in Hertfordshire.
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 the county at this time.
If you ride an e-scooter through the public streets of Hertfordshire, you are breaking the law.
Many parents may be unaware of the legislation and will be buying these scooters for their children thinking they are harmless fun. 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 one on a public highway, pavement or cycle lane it could be seized by the police. You could also 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 note of this advice if you are thinking of purchasing an e-scooter this Christmas.