THERE'S growing concern among police that the use of electric scooters in the UK will cause more serious injuries and even deaths. 

Following calls to have them banned, it's worth reflecting on what the current rules are around e-scooters.

Is it illegal to ride an e-scooter on the path?

While e-scooters are legally available to purchase, it’s currently against the law to ride a privately-owned e-scooter in any public place in the UK.

Police have given this warning as to why they are illegal in a public place: “This is because e-scooters are classified as Personal Light Electric Vehicles (PLEVs) so they are treated as motor vehicles.

"As such, if they are used on a road, pavement or public place they are subject to the same legal requirements as any motor vehicle.

“We would also ask anyone using an e-scooter legally – i.e. on private land – to carefully consider their safety before doing so."

In order to drive an e-scooter, you must have the category Q entitlement on your driving licence.

A full or provisional UK licence for categories AM, A or B includes entitlement for category Q. If you have one of these licences, you can use an e-scooter.

Should I ride my e-scooter on the road?

The ban of e-scooters being ridden public includes "roads, pavements, parks, town centres or promenades."

However, there are more than 30 areas in the UK – including London, Newcastle, Bristol and Bournemouth – that are operating rental schemes.

The Covid pandemic brought the trials forward, because they offer people a way of getting around at a social distance.

You may use a trial e-scooter on the road (except motorways) and in cycle lanes.

You must not use an e-scooter on the pavement.

Do I have to wear a crash helmet on my e-scooter?

It is advised for riders to wear a crash helmet when riding on an e-scooter but is not a legal requirement.

Officers have said: “All riders should wear a helmet and younger riders particularly would benefit from additional protective clothing such as knee and elbow pads to minimise injury should you come off.”

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