Those considering buying an electric scooter this Christmas are being urged to fully understand the law before doing so.
E-scooters have become more and more popular this year, after the Government permitted the start of trials for rental schemes in July.
However, while the use of rental e-scooters is now legal in some parts of the Uk, Lancashire are not part of these trials.
Lancashire Police are keen to remind people that it remains against the law to ride a privately owned e-scooter in any public place in the UK.
Public places include roads, pavements, parks, town centres or canal towpaths. The only place a privately owned e-scooter can be used is on private land.
Inspector Andy Trotter, Lancashire Police, said: “We know that e-scooters are very tempting for children’s Christmas presents this year, but we would urge people to fully understand the law first.
“If Lancashire officers find anyone using e-scooters in a public place, the scooter can be seized, and the rider can reported for any offences.
“We would also urge anyone using an e-scooter legally on private land to consider their safety when doing so. Riders should always wear a helmet and could benefit from additional protective clothing such as knee and elbow pads to minimise injury”.
E-scooters are classified as Personal Light Electric Vehicles (PLEVs) so they are treated as motor vehicles. As such, if they are used on a road, pavement or public place they are subject to the same legal requirements as any motor vehicle.