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Illegal e-scooter users face month-long crackdown by West Midlands police | UK News

E-scooter riders in the West Midlands could face a £ 300 fine for flouting the law, as police in the region launch a month-long operation.

Officers will patrol throughout June to fight runners who break the law and put others at risk.

West Midlands force takes action after receiving complaints about the improper use of electric scooters and said those who break the law face the seizure of their scooters, the suspension of their rental accounts or up to six penalty points.

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“We want to make sure the rules for electric scooters are clear,” a force spokesperson said.

“Electric scooters are legally available for purchase, but it is currently illegal to operate a private scooter in any public place in the UK.

“This includes roads, sidewalks, parks, in city centers or canal towpaths.

“The only place a private electric scooter can be used is on private land, with the owner’s permission.”

The electric scooters tested in Birmingham, Coventry and Sandwell are legal, but only in places where people can cycle, such as roads and cycle paths, not on sidewalks, the force added.

On Monday, Aston police tweeted a photo of two scooters that had been seized because they were uninsured.

In the West Midlands since June 1, 10 scooters have been seized by officers and three warnings have been issued to drivers of …

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This notice was published: 2021-06-08 18:29:00

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