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Humberside Police seize electrical scooter in Driffield

Humberside Police have seized an electric scooter in Driffield. Officers were also keen to remind the public that it is illegal to ride e-scooters on the roads, cycle lanes, and even public footpaths.

This is because they are classed as motor vehicles and require a license as well as insurance. Despite an increase in the popularity of electric scooters, there has still not been any change of legislation regarding their use.

Earlier today, Humberside Police tweeted: “#Driffield Officers seized an Electric Scooter earlier today, just a reminder that Electric Scooters are Illegal on Public Roads , pavements and Cycle Lanes. They are classed as a motor vehicle and require Tax, MOT and Insurance you so need a license.”

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This is only the most recent chapter in an ongoing tale of controversy caused by the introduction of electric scooters in the UK.

In October 2021, a Hull man had his £650 electric scooter seized by police because he did not have insurance for it. As it is not currently possible to get insured on e-scooters, the man’s vehicle was destroyed as per police protocol.

Humberside Police seized a scooter in Driffield

Further afield in the UK, since e-scooters were introduced into the Isle of Wight from November 2020 to November 2021, 1,004 misuse reports have been filed with the Isle of Wight Council. The misuse reports come from 749 different complaints.

Private e-scooters could soon be legal to ride on public roads, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has indicated. According to PA, the Cabinet minister said legislation will be included in the Queen’s Speech on May 10.

Currently, e-scooters can only be legally used on England’s roads if they are part of trials of rental schemes, which involve safety features such as maximum speeds of 15.5mph and automatic lights. Those that are privately owned are legally restricted for use on private land, but are a common sight in towns and cities.

Until then, it remains impossible to get insured on electric scooters and anyone caught riding one on the road or on a public footpath could see their vehicle seized and destroyed.


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