Warning around e-scooter safety and legality

Date published: 17 December 2021 09:58
Dated: 17 December 2021 09:57:59

Is Father Christmas popping down your chimney next Saturday?
If so, is he bringing an e-scooter with him?
With the big day just over a week away we are reminding any parents and guardians (and Santa) thinking of giving an e-scooter as a present of the safety issues and legislation around their use.
Inspector Jason Booth, from South Yorkshire Police’s Roads Policing Group, said:
“We hope everyone across South Yorkshire has a merry and enjoyable Christmas, but also a safe Christmas. So please think carefully about any e-scooter purchase this year.
“Some models can reach speeds of more than 70 mph and can be incredibly dangerous if safety measures are not followed.
“If you are going to ride one legally on private land then we would strongly encourage you to wear appropriate safety protection, such as a helmet and also consider other people around you. Please don’t put yourself or others at risk through inappropriate use, especially if you are riding a model that can reach the top speeds.
“Our officers are also on hand to provide advice and reassurance around these too if you see one being used out and about.”
As well as the safety aspect there are various rules on where and when you can ride an e-scooter.
The legislation around the use of e-scooters means you can only legally ride them on private land and where you have the land owner’s permission or on public roads and cycle lanes where there is a government-approved rental trial (there are none in South Yorkshire). For more information about these areas visit: www.gov.uk/guidance/e-scooter-trials-guidance-for-users.”
E-scooters are classed as powered transporters and fall within the legal definition of a motor vehicle under the Road Traffic Act 1998. This means that the same rules that apply to motor vehicles apply to e-scooters. This includes, but isn’t limited to:
• Driving with a licence
• Driving/riding with insurance
• Driving/riding other than on a road
• Drink and drug driving
• Requirement to be taxed
• Requirement to have a valid MOT
• Have to meet construction regulations
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 and if you (or your child) is caught using a powered transporter on a public road, pavement, or other prohibited space then that is a criminal offence.
The parents of children using e-scooters may be responsible for any fines incurred from them being ridden illegally.
More information is available at www.southyorks.police.uk/find-out/crime-prevention-advice/using-e-scooters/

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