Electric scooter riders in Sheffield warned they could be fined and given penalty points

A reminder of the laws surrounding electric scooters has been issued following problems in a Sheffield suburb.

By Claire Lewis
Thursday, 15th July 2021, 10:26 am
Updated Thursday, 15th July 2021, 10:26 am

The Page Hall policing team has clarified the rules around riding the scooters in public following a rise in their popularity and complaints from local residents.

The law states that electric scooters can only be ridden on private land, with the permission of the landowner.

They cannot be ridden on roads, pavements or in any other public spaces without a valid driving licence and insurance to do so.

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South Yorkshire Police has issued a reminder about the laws surrounding the use of electric scooters

In a Facebook post, the Page Hall team said: “One topic of discussion that is appearing more and more often amongst residents in the area is the legal framework around electric scooter, and their increasingly anti-social use.

“To clarify, as it stands, E-scooters are considered a powered transporter and therefore fit into the legal definition of a motor vehicle, similar to a Segway device or a scooter powered by a combustion engine.

“This means that they can only be ridden on private land with the permission of the landowner. They cannot be ridden on roads or pavements or other public spaces.

“In order to ride an E-scooter on a road, the rider must be in possession of a valid driving licence and insurance in order to do so. Failure to have this may result in the E-scooter being seized and the rider receiving a fine and penalty points.

“Due to safety issues that these scooters are causing in the area, we will be stepping up our efforts to enforce the law around them.”

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