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Dyfed-Powys Police advice on use of privately owned e-scooters

Privately owned e-scooters, sometime called electrical scooters, are growing in popularity and use. However it is currently illegal to use them on public roads, pavements or cycle paths in Wales.

The only place to legally ride an e-scooter is on private land with the permission of the landowner – everywhere else it is against the law.

Anyone considering purchasing or using an e-scooter on public roads, pavements or cycle paths risk being issued with a £300 fine, six penalty points on their driving licence and having the e-scooter seized.

Additionally, for any driver or motorcyclist that has passed their driving test in the last two years it could result in a driving disqualification and the need to re-take both the theory and practical driving test.

Trials of rental e-scooters are taking place in some parts of England, but they should only be used within the local area hosting the trial.

Chief Inspector Thomas Sharville, Specialist Operations Department, said:

“I would remind anyone considering purchasing an e-scooter that it is illegal to use a privately owned e-scooter on public roads, pavements or cycle paths. Their speed and silence can pose a significant danger to other road users and pedestrian safety, especially vulnerable pedestrians.”

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