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Teenager has e-scooter seized for riding illegally in Newbury

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A TEENAGER was stopped in Newbury for illegally riding an e-scooter on a public highway.

The 15-year-old had his scooter seized after not adhering to a warning given to him in January this year and was reported for no insurance.

He also received a warning under section 59 of the Police Reform Act 2002 for riding the e-scooter in an anti-social manner.

The incident took place in Faraday Road this morning (Monday).

Thames Valley Police said on Facebook: “Newbury Neighbourhood Police Team news – PCSOs Steve Vaughan and Phil Lewis would like to remind members of the public that riding e-scooters on the public highway in West Berkshire is still illegal.

“Today a 15-year-old male was stopped in Newbury town centre and his e-scooter seized due to not adhering to the warning which was given to him back in January this year.

“The male was reported for no insurance, which could lead to a £300 fine and six points on his driving licence.

“The male also received a section 59 warning for riding the e-scooter in an anti-social manner.”

E-scooters are currently legal to own, but they can only be used on private land.

This is because they’re considered ‘powered transporters’ by the Government and fall under the same laws and regulations that apply to all motor vehicles.

This means it’s illegal to use them on pavements, in cycle lanes and in pedestrian-only areas, and it would only be legal to use them on public roads if they could meet the same requirements as motor vehicles.

As they often lack visible rear red lights, number plates or signalling ability, they’re illegal on public highways.

Trials where e-scooters can be rented are currently under way in parts of the country to assess their safety.

Renters need a full or provisional driving license and insurance is provided through the rental operator.

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