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Forces target banned drivers using e-scooters

Forces have launched new awareness campaigns over E-scooters. Another fatality has also been confirmed.

E-scooter owners are being targeted in a fresh round of awareness campaigning and enforcement work by forces across the country.

Roads teams have begun raising concern that banned drivers are using them as an alternative to cars, based on dozens of convictions.

It came as Hertfordshire officers confirmed they are investigating another rider fatality.

Forces have taken to social media to get the message over that in areas where there isn’t a government pilot, e-scooters remain illegal to use on public roads. It follows a rise in seizures and court action.

But comms have also changed campaign messages to focus on people banned from driving who have bought scooters as an alternative.

Hampshire’s Roads Unit shared: “E-scooters divide opinion but one thing is clear, if you ride an e-scooter whilst intoxicated you can lose your licence. That means no driving of any vehicles. One male in Southampton has found this out the hard way.”

The Metropolitan Police has also ramped up its messaging, making clear beat officers are increasingly finding they are linked to other offending.

“E-Scooter stopped after it was seen going through a red light. Checks on the driver revealed he was wanted after failing to appear at court in Kent. Driver arrested, processed for driving offences and E-Scooter seized,” it said.

The force has also revealed it has been confiscating the vehicles at a rapid rate.

Officers have impounded 2,561 illegally used e-scooters were between January and August 2021. Of those, 1,256 were destroyed after not being collected within the required timeframe.

Owners have decided not to pay the £10 a day storage charge and £150 returning fee.

The London Assembly Member who requested the figures, Krupesh Hirani AM, said: “I am seriously concerned about some of the selfish and reckless driving I have seen from e-scooter riders, mounting pavements and putting elderly, visually-impaired and disabled people at particular risk.

“It is, however, encouraging that the Met have been serious on clamping down on this”.

Kent Police, which has a pilot area in its boundaries, has begun targeted enforcement today after residents in the normally sleepy market town of Tonbridge complained they are “under siege” from riders.

The force's Police and Crime Commissioner has already called for the pilot scheme in Canterbury to be halted.

A resident told local media: “The big problem is that they're potentially dangerous to young people or elderly people walking past.

"I would like to think we're free to live our lives and people can do what they like but there's definitely a real issue here.”

But Hertfordshire’s traffic investigation team has a tougher job after the force became the latest to deal with a rider fatality.

The force has issued an appeal for witnesses after a man, who was in his 50s, came off a bike and later died of his injuries.

Sergeant Sam Cordingley, of the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Road Policing Unit, said: “It is believed that no other vehicle was involved in the incident. In addition, we know several people stopped to assist after the collision and we would like to trace them.”

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