In Sussex, an E-SCOOTER was confiscated after the driver saw it whiz through a red light.
The driver was then arrested after failing a roadside drug test and found that he had been banned from driving.
The driver was discovered Tuesday by patrolmen from the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership (SSRP).
The group posted an update on the incident on Twitter, saying, “SSRP officers were patrolling the streets of Sussex today and discovered an e-scooter going through a red light.
SSRP officers patrolled the streets of #Sussex today and spotted an e-scooter going through a red light.
It was found that the driver is excluded from driving. They also failed a roadside drug test and were arrested. The e-scooter was salvaged (from a pretty big truck!) Pic.twitter.com/w9QpSZnfY1
– Sussex Safer Roads (@SussexSRP) December 22, 2020
“It was determined that (the) driver is banned from driving. They also failed a roadside drug test and were arrested. The e-scooter was recovered.”
The group shared a picture of the scooter being loaded onto the back of a recovery truck by one of its officers.
The Argus has contacted SSRP for more information on the incident, including the exact location.
SSRP is a group supported by Brighton and Hove City Council, East Sussex County Council, East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, Highways England, Sussex Police Department and West Sussex County Council.
A campaign is under way to remind the people of Sussex that it is still illegal to ride an e-scooter on the street, sidewalk and bike lanes.
Despite the increased visibility of vehicles in Brighton and Hove, it is illegal to use them anywhere other than on private land.
A brochure distributed by SSRP says, “Why am I getting this flyer? Because it is currently illegal to drive an e-scooter on a public road or sidewalk.
“We understand that buying an e-scooter can be tempting, especially since it is available from many popular retailers. However, the law is clear right now.
“You can buy one, but you can’t ride it on a public road, bike lane or sidewalk in the UK.
“The only place an e-scooter can be used is on private land.
“E-scooters are classified as PLEVs (Personal Light Electric Vehicles), so they are treated as motor vehicles and are subject to the same legal requirements as MoT, licensing, taxes and insurance.
“Since e-scooters have no license plates and signal functions and do not always have visible taillights, they cannot be legally used on roads.”
The flyer stated that the government is currently participating in Future Transport Zone attempts to rent e-scooters to make them legal on the roads, as it wanted to support environmentally friendly modes of transport.
“Any local authority can request to attend,” it said, “but at the moment Sussex is not part of the legal process.”
Sussex Police Chief Inspector Michael Hodder said, “As Sussex is not participating in the Future Transport trials, it is important to remind the public that using it on public roads is still illegal.”
The seizure of the e-scooter in Sussex on Tuesday is not the first time police have taken one of the vehicles off the road in the county.
On October 18, PC Glen McArthur of the Sussex Roads Policing Unit stopped a scooter (above) in Chichester after spotting the driver’s hatchback cars and overtaking them at more than 30 mph.