How The Metropolitan Police Force Polices Electric Scooters


Written by Ed Wiles, Scootered Founder

Key Points
  • Confiscations fluctuate between months.
  • Confiscations peaked in 2021.
  • Less enforcement in 2022/2023.

  • Introduction

    In November 2021, the Met Police announced they would stop routinely seizing e-scooters (much to the chagrin of Northamptonshire MP Paul Bone). However, the Met Police were the only police force that had been taking any real action against e-scooter riders in the UK. I have been following up with the Met regularly to find out how many e-scooters they have been confiscating each month.

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    The results are tabulated below. After a peak in 2021 (nearly 4000), the numbers confiscated fell sharply in 2022 and have continued to delcline in 2023, matching the Met's statement. When considered against their increasing popularity (meaning there are more e-scooters on the roads each year), it suggests the police really are spending their time on more appropriate ways. It is to be hoped that someone has explained to Chief Superintendent Simon Ovens that e-scooters are not in fact the most dangerous vehicles on our roads. If he still believes this, I am willing to let him ride into me on an e-scooter as long as I can then drive into him in my car.

    Interestingly, VICE News was exploring whether there has been a disproportionate number of seizures in the black community, with black teenagers allegedly targeted. It may well be true that teenagers are more likely to ride e-scooters unsocially (such as riding on the pavement) but there is no data regarding the populairty of e-scooters by race (that would be a bit weird) so it would seem impossible to draw firm conclusions. However, with Mayor of London Sadiq Khan constantly complaining about his policing budget, I would argue it would be better to direct resources at tackling violent crime rather than seizing e-scooters from London teens.

    Read more about the law on e-scooters. See the numbers for other UK Police Forces.

    Confiscations By Metropolitan Police Per Month In 2023
    Month (2023)


    January 81
    February 75
    March 88
    April TBC
    May TBC
    June TBC
    Total 244

    Confiscations By Metropolitan Police Per Month In 2022
    Month (2022)


    January 122
    February 98
    March 103
    April 83
    May 97
    June 123
    July 172
    August 152
    September 74
    October 79
    November 90
    December 62
    Total 1255

    Confiscations By Metropolitan Police Per Month In 2021
    Month (2021)


    January 103
    February 133
    March 190
    April 174
    May 361
    June 1103
    July 511
    August 398
    September 416
    October 262
    November 280
    December 70
    Total 3987

    Confiscations By Metropolitan Police Per Month In 2020
    Month (2020)


    January 7
    February 38
    March 3
    April 1
    May 4
    June 2
    July 17
    August 15
    September 72
    October 42
    November 46
    December 37
    Total 284

    Confiscations By Metropolitan Police Per Month In 2019
    Month (2019)


    January-June 0
    July 25
    August 14
    September 3
    October 5
    November 4
    December 3
    Total 54
    Recovering Your Electric Scooter

    Police forces should be taking scooters seized under laws regarding "motor vehicles" to their vehicle recovery units (Charlton or Perivale in London), where owners can retrieve their scooters for a fee (the Met charges £150 plus £10 for every day). However, I have heard that police forces are failing to inform owners of their rights and/or refusing to release scooters. I believe this to be illegal: unlike a car, an e-scooter can be carried away and the police would thus seem to have no legal right to refuse returning it to the owner.