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police clamp down on illegal use of e-scooters

Police in London are clamping down on the illegal use of stand-up electric scooters. Almost 100 people were caught riding the scooters in London last week as the Metropolitan Police staged its first operation targeting the machines.

The majority of riders received a warning but 10 were fined and had their scooters seized due to aggravating factors such as speeding or running red lights.

A spokeswoman for the Met said the force had been focusing on policing motorised-scooters since April but launched designated checkpoints for the first time last week.

It comes following the death of TV presenter and Youtuber Emily Hartridge. The 35-year-old was struck by a lorry in Battersea while riding her e-scooter on 12 July, making her the first person in the UK to be killed while riding an e-scooter.

The following day a 14-year-old boy suffered a serious head injury after crashing into a bus stop in Beckenham, south-east London.

Chief Superintendent Colin Wingrove, head of roads and transport policing at the Metropolitan Police, said the public must be made aware of the risks associated with e-scooters which are only authorised for use on private land and are banned from being ridden on pavements and roads.

CS Wingrove said legalising public e-scooter use “is not as easy as flicking a switch”.

“For the time being, we’ll educate the public, advise, and where we need to we will take enforcement action,” he said.


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