Like many parts of the UK, the number of electric scooters, or e-scooters, on North Yorkshire's roads is increasing.
Are they legal?
E-scooters are a form of powered transporter and are classed as motor vehicles within the Road Traffic Act. As such, you will need a driving licence and insurance to use one on a road or public place.
Personal users are unlikely to be able to obtain adequate insurance and are therefore only able to use their e-scooter on private land.
What about government trial schemes like the one in York?
A trial scheme around the use of e-scooters is currently taking place in York. This is the only place in North Yorkshire to take part in this scheme. You still need at least a provisional driving licence, must be over the age of 18 and register with the company responsible for the trial. Find out more here.
You will need to comply with the operating rules set by the company or risk having your account suspended by them. They will ask you to prove you have a valid provisional or full driving license when you book.
If you do not have the correct documents you will be dealt with the same as any other motorist. This may include a fine and penalty points and or a court appearance.
The standard penalty for having no insurance is six points and a £300 fine.
If you are prosecuted for document offences, the police can seize the e-scooter and you will be liable for a fee of at least £150 to reclaim it.
You can only do so on production of a valid insurance policy covering third party risk.
If you are under the influence of drink or drugs you may be arrested and if convicted could face a driving ban.
The rules outlined above still apply to under 18s. If a child is stopped riding an e-scooter in a public place, we will provide advice to both them and their parents regarding where they can be legally used.
If this advice is ignored then they may be subject to the prosecution procedures outlined above.
Where can I get more information?
You can find more information about the law on using e-scooters on public roads here.
More information about the government’s trial schemes, such as the one in York, is available here.