Do not use your scooter on public land!

That is the reminder from Wealden Police after one was seized in Hailsham this weekend:

“A reminder to those tempted to buy or use E-Scooters in Sussex – The law is clear; you can buy one but you can’t ride it on a public road, cycle lane or pavement.

The only place an e-scooter can be used is on private land, which unfortunately the owner of this e-scooter failed to adhere to over the weekend in #Hailsham, subsequently the scooter has been seized under S165.

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:• MOT• Licensing• Tax• Insurance

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.

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. Sussex 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!”