Electric Scooter seized

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Mechanically powered scooters and the Road Traffic Act 1988
Following concerns raised by the community around safety, two Electric scooters have been seize for being ridden in Trowbridge. It’s unfortunate that the owners of these vehicles have not made themselves aware of the current legislation and the riders will now be dealt with for the offences found. This may also incur a cost for reclaiming their property. Penalties can include fines or penalty points on their driving licence. These scooters are not cheap, commonly £200 to £400.
Neighbourhood Policing team ask that you make yourself aware of the limitations of their use. Currently they can only be ridden on private land with the permission of the land owner.
Most reputable sellers offer advice at point of sale and/or on their website.
Whilst the legislation is clear, there is a risk to both the riders and public, if scooters are being ridden on pavements and roads etc. these scooter can travel at approximately 20 miles per hour. National press have reported widely on injuries and fatalities involving the riders and pedestrians.
To summarize mechanically propelled scooters are illegal on UK roads due to the 1988 Road Traffic Act, while the 1835 Highway Act has also been interpreted as banning them from being ridden on pavements.
If you would like to check current legislation there are many resources on the internet including:-
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Helen Daveridge (Police, Neighbourhood PC, CPT Trowbridge)

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