Police to crack down on illegal e-scooter use in Shepton Mallet

By Laura Linham

14th May 2024 | Local News

Despite their growing popularity, private e-scooters are not permitted on public highways, bridleways, or pathways. (File photo)
Despite their growing popularity, private e-scooters are not permitted on public highways, bridleways, or pathways. (File photo)

Shepton Mallet police have announced a targeted initiative to address the rising concerns over the illegal use of e-scooters in the town.

Under current UK law, e-scooters can only be operated legally on private property with the landowner's permission.

Despite their growing popularity, private e-scooters are not permitted on public highways, bridleways, or pathways and are classified alongside other powered transporters such as Segways, hoverboards, and go-peds.

These devices are considered motor vehicles and are subject to the same legal regulations.

A police spokesperson said: "Our initial approach is to educate the public on the legal implications of using e-scooters on public roads and paths. We issue warnings first, informing riders of the laws and potential penalties. Repeated offences will lead to the seizure and destruction of the e-scooter and prosecution for relevant driving offences."

The police are aware of a small but increasing number of e-scooters being used on roads within Shepton Mallet.

"If you're using a private e-scooter in public areas, you are at risk of having your vehicle seized under Section 165 of the Road Traffic Act 1988, due to lack of insurance," the spokesperson added.

This enforcement comes as part of a broader effort to ensure the safety of all road users and pedestrians, emphasising that public safety is a priority.

Residents looking for more information on the rules governing e-scooters and other similar devices can find detailed guidance on the official police website: Police UK E-scooter Advice.

     

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