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Electric Scooter
| 18 November 2019

E-scooters and the law- why the UK needs to catch up

Electric scooters (commonly known as ‘e-scooters’) have been hailed in city capitals as being a new, more environmentally friendly mode of transport. However, with the recent death of television presenter Emily Hartdridge, the legality of these scooters have been called into question.

Electric scooters are powered by a battery motor and are therefore fall under the category of Personal Light Electric Vehicles (PLEVs) by the Department for Transport.

Whilst there has been a recent rise in the use of electric scooters, many riders are not aware that riding an electric scooter on a public road is illegal under the Road Traffic Act 1988. Under the Highway Act 1835, it is also illegal to ride electric scooters on a pavement. The reason for this is that the design of electric scooters mean that it is almost impossible to comply with the UK laws regarding indicators and brake lights.

However, the electric scooter can be used on private land, and this includes your home or any off-road space.

If you are found to be in breach of the law, you can face a £300 fine and 6 points on your licence. Your scooter can be seized.

The shadow transport secretary Andy McDonald has said that there is a need for the government to provide guidance on this area of law. Britain needs to change centuries old legislation.

Unfortunately, the current position on the legality of electric scooters is largely unknown to users, particularly as many retailers of these scooters fail to inform their customers of the laws surrounding them. They are legal to buy but you are limited as to where you can legally use them. If you are unsure of the law please contact us.

At Paul Robinson Solicitors we specialise in motoring matters. We are readily available to cover police interviews under caution, as well as Magistrates and Crown Court hearings. You are entitled to free and independent legal advice at the police station if you are being interviewed under caution. We offer a friendly, professional and non-judgmental approach to all clients at a critical time.

If you find yourself in such a situation, please call 01702 338338 or our out-of-office number 01702 342525 24 hours a day. We have offices in Westcliff, Benfleet, Billericay (01277 500123) and Stratford (020 8049 5888).

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