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GROWING PROBLEM: Police remind Hertfordshire residents of the dangers of riding e-scooters

 Published on: 8th July 2021   |   By: Lizzie Ellis   |   Category: Uncategorized

Hertfordshire Police are reminding residents about the law on e-scooters, after growing numbers of reports about the vehicles causing disruptions on the streets.

Some residents are becoming increasingly frustrated with the number of e-scooters present on the streets, with one woman from Bushey claiming they are ‘an accident waiting to happen.’

Joanna Walker said: “We walk our dog around Bushey Heath twice a day and there have been several occasions when a scooter has appeared at great speed and we’ve had to move out of the way quite quickly to avoid being hit.

“We have tried to speak to the drivers to tell them that the scooters are both illegal and dangerous but they either argue, ignore or shout abuse. The scooters are a terrible local accident waiting to happen.”

A Hertfordshire Constabulary spokesperson said: “Recently we have seen increased reports of e-scooters being ridden illegally in Hertfordshire and we want to reiterate the law around these machines, and how dangerous they can be.

“Under current legislation, electric scooters are classed as motor vehicles but are not legal for road use and therefore cannot be insured, meaning they can only be used on private land with the landowner’s permission.

“Legalities aside, the riders of these machines are vulnerable if they choose to use them on public roads and the last thing we want to be doing is knocking on someone’s door to tell them their loved one has died in a collision.

“We strongly advise the community not to ride these machines in a public place and comply with the law for their own safety and the safety of others. We do not want an innocent person being seriously injured or worse.”

For full information on the legislation on e-scooters, visit www.gov.uk/government/publications/powered-transporters/information-sheet-guidance-on-powered-transporters

 

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