A DELIVERY driver has more than £ 1,000 out of his pocket after buying an e-scooter to carry take-away food – only to have it confiscated the next day.
The 20-year-old was confiscated after being discovered by our officers on the sidewalk in Newcastle city center on Wednesday morning.
He had used the private e-scooter to deliver takeaway food, but after speaking to the police it turned out that he was not insured to drive the vehicle.
The scooter he bought for £ 1,200 just the day before was confiscated and the man is now on trial after being charged with negligent driving and driving without insurance.
A Northumbria Police spokesman said, “Please remember that it is illegal to use private e-scooters in public areas. If you do, your vehicle could be confiscated, you could get points on your driver’s license and pay a fine.
“We don’t want pedestrians or e-scooter drivers to be injured from careless or dangerous driving, so please show respect for your community.
Publicly rented scooters are already insured, but you still need a valid driver’s license to drive them and you can be prosecuted if you drive them carelessly.
“Please make sure you are aware of the legislation governing the use of e-scooters. Full details can be found on the government website by Googling e-scooter legislation.”