‘Don’t be drawn in’: Retailers and drivers warned of Christmas e-scooter popularity spike

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The Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS) released a letter detailing the dangers that e-scooters pose. They sent the letter to Trudy Harrison, the Under Secretary of State for Transport, calling on the Government to take “swift action” in enforcing the rules relating to private e-scooters.

Private e-scooters are defined as “powered transporters”, falling under the same legal requirements as motor vehicles.

This includes MOT, tax, licensing and specific construction.

Since the vast number of e-scooters do not have visible red lights, number plates or signalling ability, they cannot be used legally on roads.

The only exception includes using private e-scooters on private land and vehicles that are part of Government and council-run e-scooter trials.

Trials are being run all over the country in most major cities and across London boroughs.

Ben Pepper, Associate Solicitor in the Accident Claims Team at Bolt Burdon Kemp, warned of the dangers of buying an e-scooter without knowing the laws.

He said: “Anyone contemplating purchasing an e-scooter for a friend or loved one this Christmas should think twice.

“Although they are perfectly legal to buy, e-scooters remain classed as ‘motor vehicles’ and do not meet tax, MOT, registration and other legal requirements.

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“Privately owned e-scooters therefore cannot be insured or legally ridden on public roads or pavements.

“The only e-scooters allowed for use in public are those connected to rental schemes in various towns and cities across the UK, as part of nationwide trials regarding their use.

“Many private owners are completely unaware they are breaking the law, and that the consequences are very serious (including confiscation by the police, fines, and points on the rider’s driving licence).

“Despite this, retailers continue to sell e-scooters with no repercussions.

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