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Somerset man is one of the first in UK to be fined for electronic skateboarding in public Bath City News

A Somerset man became one of the first people to be fined for electric skateboarding in public.

Benjamin Cullen also received penalty points after being caught electric skateboarding in public twice.

The 33-year-old, from Chamberlain Street, Wells, was reported to appear after he was seen using the skateboard in June of this year.

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According to officers from the Wells Ward Police Team, he had previously been informed that the electronic skateboard could not legally be used in public.

On Wednesday, November 24, Cullen appeared in Bath Magistrates’ Court where he was charged with driving without insurance, driving without a MOT and otherwise driving under license.

He was ordered to pay a fine of £ 200, a cost of £ 124 and given six penalty points.

Somerset Live understands that this is one of the first times in the UK to be fined for using this relatively new mode of transport.

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Why electric skateboards and scooters are illegal

Private electric skateboards, like electric scooters, are classified as personal light electric vehicles (PLEVs).

And although they can legally be sold by retailers, they currently cannot be taxed or insured for use on public roads, so their use is limited to private land with the permission of the owner.

Avon and Somerset Police are urging anyone considering buying a skateboard or electric scooter as a Christmas present to make sure they understand the law first.

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