An e-scooter motorcyclist has been accused of driving under the influence of alcohol and not having insurance, while police continue to attack two-wheeled vehicles.
Taylor Daly, 21, was arrested in Kent after police were called to an incident in Margate and saw him riding a scooter in a public area.
The use of privately owned e-scooters is illegal on public roads, bicycle paths or sidewalks.
Riders may only use private scooters on private land with the permission of the land owner.
But several UK cities, including Manchester and Birmingham, have been participating in public e-scooter trials since the Department of Transport announced the initiative last summer.
London has been given the green light to begin its 12-month trial this week.
Daly is the last person to be charged with an electronic scooter-related offense while the police continue for repression of private vehicles.
A Kent police spokesman said police were responding to an unrelated incident in Fort Hill, Margate, on Monday when they stopped Daly, who was on an electronic scooter.
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The 21-year-old from Ramsgate was arrested and later charged with using an uninsured motor vehicle and driving above the legal alcohol limit.
He was also accused of driving an e-scooter when he was not fit to drive while intoxicated, as well as being drunk and messing about.
Daly was released on bail and will appear in Margate Magistrates’ Court in July, police added.
PC Dave Sansum, Drug and Drug Driver Liaison Officer for East Kent, also said: “I would like to remind people of their responsibilities in driving vehicles and encourage everyone to do their part to keep our roads safe.”
Under current laws, anyone who drives their own scooter in a public place could face a fine of £300 as well as six points on their current or future driver’s license.
They are also at risk of having their e-scooters seized by the police.
Meanwhile, drunk e-scooter drivers are being prosecuted under the drinking and driving laws.
Earlier this year, a three-year-old boy was seriously injured when he was run over by an e-scooter while walking on a sidewalk in west London with his grandmother.
Last year, YouTuber Emily Hartridge was the first person in the UK to be killed riding an e-scooter after being hit by a truck in south London.
Simon Ovens, of the Metropolitan Police’s road and transport policing command, said the Evening Standard: “They are absolute death traps.”
He added that his officers had already seized about 800 e-scooters in 2021.
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