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London's war on illegal e-scooter usage continues as over 100 seized in a week by Met Police


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The war on illegal e-scooter usage in London continues with over 100 seized across the capital in the last seven days.


The Metropolitan Police Service Roads & Transport team have been busy cracking down on e-scooter use, which is illegal on public roads and spaces unless part of the Government's trial rental scheme.

A number of targeted 'action points' were set up in London to tackle the increasing use of such illegal motorised modes of transport, with the results published on the Mets Roads & Transport official Twitter account.


In Southwark, South London, 32 e-scooters were seized during a day of enforcement. Penalties for riding illegally include points added to your driving licence, fines and confiscation of the vehicle.

33 were seized by officers in Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Havering, with another 21 seized close by in Newham and Barking.


Enforcement action over in West London also saw a number seized, with 13 confiscated in Hammersmith and Fulham.


An additional 26 e-scooters were also logged as "seized" by the Roads & Transport team.

Electric scooters are only legal to ride through the Government's trial rental scheme which was approved by the Department for Transport (DfT).


E-scooters which are part of one of the local schemes are also limited to where they can be ridden, with only a small number of boroughs participating in the trials.


E-scooters are available for legal rental in Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Richmond upon Thames and Canary Wharf.

Riding e-scooters on pavements is not permitted even if in these locations, but generally are permitted to use the same spaces as bicycles.


Riders must be 18 or over and have a full or provisional driving licence to rent an e-scooter.


TaxiPoint recently reported on an incident which saw officers intercept an e-scooter rider who was joining 70mph motorway traffic in Bradford.


Officers from the Met Police have said they will continue to tackle the illegal use of such vehicles to help keep members of the public safe.



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