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Police Officer Breaks Down E-Scooter Laws

by : Cameron Frew on : 20 Nov 2021 16:03
Police Officer Breaks Down E-Scooter Laws@georgescarmedia/TikTok/Alamy

A police officer on TikTok has explained the laws behind e-scooters in the UK.

In the blink of an eye, it seemed like the streets were suddenly paved with e-scooters from varying companies; some a bit rusty, others pristine. Walk around the likes of Milton Keynes, Salford, Birmingham, Newcastle and many other cities, and you’ll see people zooming about all the time.

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While they seem like great fun, a question quickly emerged: which laws apply to e-scooters? Are they like everyday bikes and scooters, or are they like motorised mobility chairs, or are they just the same as a motorbike or car? A police officer has the answers you’re looking for.

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Over on TikTok, @georgescarmedia posts regular videos about modified cars, other vehicles and the laws pertaining to them. For example, in one clip he breaks down how a van driver was likely to receive 15 points on his licence after being pulled over for using a mobile phone, before officers discovered a cascade of issues.

Last month, he responded to a follower’s comment asking him to explain the laws on e-scooters, which he described as ‘really complicated because the laws were written before e-scooters came along’.

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‘Now, an e-scooter falls under the definition of a motor vehicle, which means that to have it on the road, it’s got to have insurance, a licence, and drink-driving and things like that all cover e-scooters. To have it on the road, you’ve got to have all those things the same a car would have,’ he says.

You're not allowed to drink and drive on an e-scooter. (Alamy)Alamy

‘But also, the road networks don’t lend themselves to e-scooters. E-scooters are brilliant, I think we can agree that. You can whip around on them, but the problem is the road network doesn’t support it, and if we suddenly put 3,000 e-scooters on the streets of Exeter with the cars, it’s going to be utter chaos.’

He also said there’s significant work underway in accommodating e-scooters on the roads. Currently, you require a category Q entitlement on your driving licence to drive an e-scooter, which means you only need a provisional.

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