E Scooters and Electrically Assisted Pedal Cycles

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Hello there and I hope this finds you well.  I only try and send out an Alert message when I feel there are issues that need addressing. This particular topic appears to be a growing trend and there seems to be some uncertainty over the law and different types of transportation methods.

E-scooters come under the category of “powered transporters”. This also covers a range of other personal transport devices which are powered by a motor.
“Powered transporters” fall within the legal definition of a motor vehicle under the Road Traffic Act 1988. “Any mechanically propelled vehicle intended or adapted for use on roads”.  Therefore, the rules that apply to motor vehicles, also apply to e-scooters.
As a motor vehicle, they must comply with various pieces of Road Traffic Legislation, including but not limited to:
Driving with a licence
Driving/Riding with insurance
Driving/Riding other than on a road
Vehicle excise
Any person who uses an e-scooter on a public road or other public space, must comply with the relevant Road Traffic Legislation or they face potential prosecution.

Legal use of an e-scooter
It is legal to use an e-scooter:
On private land with the permission of the land owner
During the trial period, it will be legal to use the rental e-scooters within clearly defined zones
within the Chester City area.

The E-Scooters  will be limited to 12mph within the Chester trial zone.( The legal speed limit is 15.5mph)
Riders must be 18 years or over.
Helmets are advised but not required.
Riders must have a full or provisional car/motorcycle/moped licence.
E Scooter riders on public roads face the following

Fixed Penalty Notice for no insurance, with a £300 fine and six penalty points and seizure of the vehicle
Fixed Penalty Notice for no driving licence, up to £100 fine and three-six penalty points
Youth Divert Scheme(16yrs and under only)
Police will also take action against rider behaviour, whether private or rental. Offences could include:
Riding on the footway: Fixed Penalty Notice and possible £50 fine
Using a mobile phone: £300 and six penalty points
Riding through red lights: Fixed Penalty Notice, £100 fine and possible penalty points
Drink driving offences: As with driving cars; court imposed fines, driving ban and possible imprisonment
Drug drive offences
Riding without Due Care and Attention

Electrically assisted pedal cycles (EAPC’s)

Electrically Assisted Pedal Cycles (EAPC’s) can be ridden on the road, cycle path/lanes or anywhere a pedal cycle can be allowed. They do not require a licence, insurance, tax or mot. No legal requirement to wear a helmet. The rider must be 14 years of age or older on the road – but any age off the road. Such a bike must have pedals to propel it forward (or it wouldn’t be a bike within this category).
To fall into the category of EAPC it must show:
The power output OR the manufacturer of the motor
And must show either the battery’s voltage or the maximum speed of the bike.
The electric motor must have a maximum output of 250 watts and should not be able to propel the bike when travelling more than 15.5mph.
An EAPC can have more than two wheels.
An EAPC with a motor which generates more than 250 watts of power or motor assistance should be treated as a moped and such would require a driving license, the bike would need to be registered with the DVLA and insurance/helmet would be required.

If you have questions regarding many police and police related topics There is a useful website with apps called "Ask the Police". If you live, work or have an interest on the ward area and have an issue which we can possibly help with do make contact.
Thanks for your attention.
Kind regards
Stephen Marnick
PCSO 9489
Ditton, Hale and Halebank areas
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Stephen Marnick (Police, PCSO, Widnes LPU Outer PCSO)

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