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Rutland Road Safety Partnership reminds people of the rules around e-scooters if you're buying one this Black Friday for Christmas

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In the run up to Christmas the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Road Safety Partnership is reminding people that you can only ride an e-scooter on private land.

The partnership said the law was "clear", saying you can’t ride it on a UK public road, cycle lane or pavement.

E-scooters are classified as Personal Light Electric Vehicles (PLEVs), so they are treated as motor vehicles and subject to the same legal requirements, such as an MOT, license, tax and insurance.

An e-scooter. Photo: Getty images/istock
An e-scooter. Photo: Getty images/istock

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.

It comes as Black Friday approaches with many retailers offering deals in the run-up to Christmas.

Jonathan Clarkson, spokesman for the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Road Safety Partnership said: “We understand the public’s support for environmentally friendly modes of transport. We want to work with the public to make sure the roads are safe for everyone.”

E-scooter graphic (53200480)
E-scooter graphic (53200480)

“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.”

“All local authorities can apply to take part, but at the moment, Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are not part of the trials.”

Section 59 of the Police Reform Act allows police to give road users a warning if they are reported to have used their vehicle in a manner which causes alarm, distress or annoyance. Leicestershire Police also have the powers to seize vehicles - please make sure you keep your e-scooter on private land so this doesn’t happen to you

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