Eight electric scooters have been seized by officers in Medway as part of ongoing enforcement to tackle antisocial behaviour.

The vehicles, which were being ridden illegally, were stopped by officers from the town’s Community Safety Unit between Monday 21 March and Thursday 24 March 2022.

E-scooters fall under the same laws and regulations as motor vehicles and, if they are used on a public road, the rider requires insurance, vehicle tax and a driving licence.

Inspector Vanessa Foster of Medway’s Community Safety Unit said: ‘Our officers have responded to complaints from the public about the dangers caused by e-scooters being used illegally and in an antisocial manner.
‘In two cases we stopped adults riding the scooters while accompanied by a child and in both cases the vehicle was seized. Riding on pavements, in cycle lanes and in pedestrian-only areas is also illegal.
‘This enforcement will continue and I would advise riders to seek permission to use their scooters on private land to avoid having their e-scooter seized when ridden on a public road.’

Rental electric scooters can be used legally in cycle lanes and on roads where trials are in place in approved locations. Further advice is available on the government website here.

By Ed

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