Hundreds of electric scooters were seized in London last week as police launched a crackdown on the vehicles.
A total of 507 electric scooters were confiscated by agents of the Metropolitan Police during “proactive patrols” in the capital.
The force decided to take action following an increase in the use of private electric scooters, which are illegal in the UK except when used on private land.
metropolitan police Chief Superintendent Simon Ovens said: “Private use of electric scooters remains illegal on London’s roads.
“Drivers using electric scooters on the road risk fines, license points and seizures of electric scooters if they continue to use them on public road networks.”
Dozens of legalized electric scooter rental programs have been launched in urban areas across Britain since July last year, as part of a government trial.
A program was launched in London earlier this month – amid growing concerns about the security of the devices.
This week, a 55-year-old man suffered a serious head injury after getting out of his rented electric scooter, leaving him to fight for life.
He was in critical but stable condition on Monday morning after the incident in Newcastle city center on Saturday, Northumbria police said.
Meanwhile, electric scooter rider Shakur Pinnock, 20, died in hospital on June 18, six days after being involved in a car crash in Wolverhampton.
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This notice was published: 2021-06-24 20:29:00