Police warn East Lothian residents about legality of e-scooters
THE illegality of riding electric ‘e-scooters’ in public places has been highlighted by Police Scotland, as they reminded residents they are only allowed on private land.
E-scooters have become popular in recent times as a convenient and cheaper way for travelling around town centres and getting from ‘a to b’.
Their popularity is particularly noticeable in younger people and children, who are often seen riding them.
However, police officers have warned people that they should not be ridden in public places such as parks, roads or pavements.
E-scooters are currently classified as Personal Light Electric Vehicles (PLEVs) and require insurance and a valid driving licence to ride, being treated as motor vehicles.
A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “While e-scooters are legally available to purchase, it is currently against the law to ride a privately owned e-scooter in any public place in the UK.
“This includes roads, pavements, parks, town centres or promenades.
“The only place a privately owned e-scooter can be used is on private land with the landowner’s agreement.
“E-scooters are currently classified as Personal Light Electric Vehicles (PLEVs), so they are treated as motor vehicles and are subject to the same legal requirements as any other motor vehicle, requiring insurance, a valid driving licence and compliance with various construction and use requirements.”