Metropolitan Police crackdown on e-scooter riders as 100 riders stopped in a single week

With the increase in the use of e-scooters, the Metropolitan Police have staged a crackdown on the illegal machines this week.

Nearly 100 people have been stopped by police in the last seven days.

The crackdown comes in the wake of the death of TV presenter, Emily Hartridge, who collided with a lorry in Battersea while riding her e-scooter on 12 July, and a 14-year-old boy who suffered a serious head injury after crashing into a bus stop in Beckenham, London, 24 hours later.

Most of the e-scooter riders have been issued with nothing more than a warning, but 10 riders were fined and had their scooters seized as part of the operation, with speeding and not obeying red lights as an aggravating factor according to the Telegraph.

The Met are using the crackdown to educate riders, making them aware of the risks of using the machines.

E-scooters are illegal to use on public roads and pavements in the UK, although there have been calls for a change in the law, with TfL's Chief Commissioner Mike Brown recently predicting that it is inevitable that e-scooters will become legal on the UK's roads.

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