Young men filmed burnout on e-scooters are said to be referred to the police after pulling the stunt during an illegal car meet in the middle of Canberra last weekend.
- E-scooter company Beam says it is working to identify the people who are burnout so they can be referred to the police
- One illegal car meeting over the weekend closed the streets of Canberra while another meeting attacked the police
- Police say hoooning on e-scooters can be easily investigated
Hundreds of auto enthusiasts brought rubber to Lonsdale Street in Canberra on Friday and Saturday nights, forcing road closures and confiscating cars.
At a separate illegal meeting in Fyshwick on Friday, police were attacked when the crowd turned them on.
While tire smoke was a common sight in the city, some young men have also been filmed burnout on e-scooters recently launched on the streets of Canberra.
One of the men filming in the crowd can hear the police abusing them while another realizes he can smell the tire smoke from the electric scooters.
Two cars were confiscated for the illegal cruise, and police said all drivers involved should expect a visit from officials.
Space to play or pause, M to mute, left and right arrows to search, up and down arrows for volume.ClockDuration: 2 minutes 55 seconds2m 55s Crowds gather all over Canberra to watch the illegal driving.
But Tom Cooper of Beam, one of the two companies that sell e-scooters in Canberra, said people who caused the potentially harmful burnouts on their property would also be referred to the police.
“We will be aware over the weekend that some people have abused the scooters and we are actively investigating,” he said.
“Anyone who abuses them can and will be banned.
“We collect all information internally and then take it to the police.”
Scooters are not toys
ACT Policing’s Detective Inspector Adrian Craft said yesterday that hoeing on e-scooters could be easily investigated.
“People should also understand that when they start using these types of devices for such things, they have to scan your credit card and all of your data. So it’s fair to say that it is pretty easy to identify the people who who are responsible for these kinds of things, “he said.
“If it’s important for scooter companies to reach out to us and discuss it, it’s pretty easy for us to follow up on things like that.”
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Mr Cooper said Beam will contact the police once all relevant details are gathered.
“We’re looking at this right now,” he said.
“We have to stress that the vast majority of Canberrans are really using it responsibly and there are few people taking advantage of these things. It’s disappointing and can ruin it for other people.”
“We want to convey to people that e-scooters are not toys.”