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E-SCOOTERS What You need to Know

With the growth in popularity  of E-Scooters it can be confusing to understand what the law is in relation to their use. A quick guide for privately owned e-scooters:

They can only be ridden on private land with the permission of the land owner.

E-scooters are classed as a motor vehicle under the Road Traffic Act 1988 but as they cannot be insured or registered for road use they do not comply to the road traffic act requirements and they cannot be ridden on a public road, pavement or public place.

Anyone using a private e-scooter on the road or a public place is committing a number of road traffic offences which carry penalties.

The penalties are:

A fine of £300 and up to six points on your driving licence if you have one.

The e-scooter can also be seized under S.165A of the Road Traffic Act 1988 as it will have no insurance or S.59 Police reform Act 2002 if it is being used in a way that causes harassment, alarm or distress.


Trial rental e-scooters

There are a number of UK Government trial underway to pilot the use of rental e-scooters in some towns and cities.  the rules surrounding these are different:

they can only be used in designated areas.

You must have a driving licence with a category Q

You must register with the rental company.

they must be ridden following in accordance with the relevant Road traffic legislation. 

If anyone is found riding one of these e-scooters in a way that contravenes the law they are liable to be reported and may receive points on their licence.

You are strongly advised to wear a helmet when using an e-scooter as they can travel up to speeds of 15.5mph.

These scooters are not toys and should not be used by children or given to children to use.


We hope you find this information useful.

Cotswold Neighbourhood Policing Team



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