Residents reminded of laws around use of e-scooters by police

Police have issued another reminder around the laws surrounding the use of e-scooters.

Wednesday, 28th July 2021, 2:16 pm
Police are reminding residents of the laws surrounding the use of e-scooters

The scooters have increased in popularity in recent years but are still only legal to ride on private land with the landowner’s permission or as part of a government trial. It is illegal to ride them on public pavements or roads.

Sergeant Dominic Carminati, from the Huntingdon Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “Since the children broke up from school we’ve seen an increase in young people, as well as adults, using e-scooters particularly around the town centre, and with an increased footfall within the town, it is important owners of the vehicles are aware of the law.

“We believe many people are unaware that the scooters are illegal to use in public, currently they are only legal to ride on private land with the landowner’s permission and penalties for riding them in public can result in penalty points, a fine and the vehicle being seized.”

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With government-led trials of rented e-scooters taking place around the country, including in Cambridge, some people are purchasing their own in mistaken belief they can legally use them on public paths and roads.

This is not the case and otherwise law-abiding citizens are finding themselves inadvertently breaking the law.