Further to my previous item regarding e-scooters there has been a noticeable increase in recent weeks in people using them on our roads and pavements so I thought a quick reminder here would not go amiss. Many of you will also have seen the recent “OWL” newsletter also making the point that they are not legal for use on roads or pavements in our Ruislip area. Privately owned e-scooters may only be used on private land with the landowners permission.
Whilst it is true to say that there are trials going ahead in other areas of the country – there are no such trials in our area. Where there are trials (Tees Valley, Milton Keynes, areas of Northampton, the West Midlands and Greater Norwich) even those have limitations – only for hired e scooters and you have to have a driving licence! You may have noticed in the press that in Coventry the trial there has been halted following complaints of incidents where they had been used on pavements and shopping areas – which are not allowed – resulting in collisions and near misses with pedestrians. You may also have seen reports in the paper that TV presenter Emily Hartridge lost her life when her e-scooter collided with a lorry.
Anyone using an e-scooter in the Ruislip area is risking being fined, having their driving licence endorsed with 6 points, and the e-scooter being seized, so please don’t use them on our roads or pavements!