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Police seized 3,000 e-scooters from England's streets in first six months of 2021

Police seized 3,002 e-scooters from England's streets in first six months of 2021 which is more than five times as many as they took in the whole of 2020, figures have shown. 

Just 87 were seized in 2019, 582 last year and a whopping 3,002 in the first six months of this year.

The electrically-powered scooters are 'powered transporters', meaning they must abide by the Road Traffic Act 1988.  

Just 87 were seized in 2019, 582 last year and a whopping 3,002 in the first six months of this year. Stock picture

Riders must have a driving licence and insurance in order to use them on the road and they are banned from pavements and footpaths.  

However, it is impossible to insure a privately owned e-scooter and anyone caught breaking the law could even face prosecution. 

And the Metropolitan Police is leading the way as its officers have taken 2,070 of the scooters off London's streets from January to June, according to a Freedom of Information request obtained by the Sun.  

The only way to legally ride an e-scooter is to use one that can be hired from a company which covers insurance. 

The electrically-powered scooters are 'powered transporters', meaning they must abide by the Road Traffic Act 1988. Stock picture

Transport for London is now offering legal hire scooters as a trial.

Chief Superintendent Simon Ovens told the publication: 'The riding of e-scooters, besides those part of the TfL trial, remains illegal and potentially dangerous.

'The Met also continues to assess the role of e-scooters in street crime. We know the concern this causes Londoners.' 

What are the laws on e-scooters? 

Rental e-scooters are the only way to legally ride an e-scooter on public roads or in other public places. 

Riding e-scooters on pavements is banned. Riders must be 18 or over and have a full or provisional driving licence to rent an e-scooter.

It is illegal to use privately-owned e-scooters or other powered transporters on public roads. 

Relevant laws on e-scooter use include: 

Source: TfL 

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