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E-scooter warning issued to Preston parents and pupils ahead of Christmas

Posted on - 26th November, 2021 - 8:00am | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Education, Politics, Preston News, Schools
An important message is being given about E-Scooters. Pic: Pixabay/KristofTopolewski 

An important message aimed predominantly at children in schools is being circulated from the Lancashire Constabulary Road Safety Partnership regarding E-Scooters.

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E-Scooters have increased in popularity as an eco-friendly method of transport, but many do not realise the potential dangers.

It is inevitable that some people will receive an E-scooter as a Christmas present, but the police want to make it clear that it is currently illegal to ride E-Scooters on a public road or pavement in Lancashire.

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They are classed as a motor vehicle and subject to the same legal requirements such as MOT, Tax, Licensing and Insurance.

They cannot be ridden on public highways, and cannot be ridden to school.

The letter, which was sent from Julia Clayton, reads: “We would appreciate it if you could make your students and parents/guardians aware of this information prior to the end of term, especially if they are considering these as Christmas presents.”

E-Scooters can only be legally ridden on private land. As e-scooters do not have number plates, signalling ability and don’t always have visible rear lights, they can’t be used legally on the roads.

The UK Government is currently taking part in ‘Future Transport Zone’ trials for e-scooter hire, with a view to making them legal to use on the roads, but they are not at the moment.

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