Shepton Town Council have identified the use of e-scooters as a concern for Shepton residents and have asked Police to make this concern a priority.
Private e-scooters can only be used legally on private land with the landowner’s permission. They are not legal on any public highway, bridleway or pathway.
An e-scooter is a Powered Transporter
The term ‘powered transporters’ covers a variety of novel personal transport devices which are mechanically propelled (propelled by a motor) as well as or instead of being manually propelled. It includes e-scooters, Segways, hoverboards, go-peds (combustion engine powered kick-scooters), powered unicycles, and u-wheels. There is no separate legislation covering powered transporters, BUT given how they are motorised and designed they fall within the definition of a motor vehicle and are covered by the same laws and regulations covering all motor vehicles.
Private and rented e-scooters
An e-scooter may be owned privately or may be rented. Rental e-scooters are available in some larger cities and are easily identifiable. These scooters are road legal as insurance is covered by the hire company.
Privately owned e-scooter cannot be insured and therefore cannot be used on the road, bridleway or public highway.
How are Police dealing with e-scooters?
Our stance is to educate in the first instance. A warning can be issued explaining the law and possible penalties. The rider must understand they cannot ride the e-scooter again. If they are caught for a second time the e-scooter will be seized and destroyed and they will be reported for relevant driving offences.
22 January 2024
If you allow your child to ride an e-scooter you are still responsible for the e-scooter, the welfare of the child and any outcome from traffic offences. E-Scooters are not toys, they are motorised vehicles in law and must not be ridden or used on;
- Roads; because they cannot be insured
- Pavements or footpaths; in the same way as the law prohibits the use of any vehicle on the pavement
- Parks or public spaces; as vehicles are prohibited from parks and open spaces
You may use your e-scooter in your garden, driveway or on privately owned land (not council owned).
The difference between a bicycle, e-bike and an e-scooter is that an e-scooter relies entirely on its onboard motor for propulsion.
13 October 2023
Parents are asked to remind themselves of the law regarding powered transporters before purchasing as gifts. No retailer is able to provide purchasers with a licence or valid reason why these products are within UK law. Parents and anyone considering purchasing a powered transporter should ensure that the retailer, on-line or in person, is advising customers in line with current UK regulations and is not providing advice based on law or practise outside of the UK.
16 August 2023
We continue to be proactive regarding the use of e-scooters on roads and footpaths. We are aware that young people on e-scooters are vulnerable to theft with e-scooters being seized by thieves, sometimes as the e-scooter is being ridden. Parents are asked to regulate the use of e-scooters by children, particularly in regard to the law. Any powered transporter found without insurance on the road or footpath is liable to be seized by Police.
E-Scooters may only be used on private land with the permission of the owner.