How different UK POLICE FORCES police ELECTRIC SCOOTERS DIFFERENTLY

REVEALING THE DIFFERENCE IN POLICING OF E-SCOOTERS IN THE UK

Written by Ed Wiles, Scootered Founder

After the tragic death of YouTuber Emily Hartridge, when she collided with a lorry while riding an e-scooter in London in July 2019 (at a roundabout where a cyclist has also been killed), the government announced a crackdown on e-scooters. You would hope the police have better things to do (like prosecuting shoplifters and burglars), but just how many e-scooter riders have found themselves at the wrong end of the law? To find out, I made FOI requests in August 2019 to all the UK police forces for data on fines and seizures handed or carried out for riding e-scooters during 2019 and for the month following the announced crackdown (to August 16th).


Below are the results. So far, 26 forces have provided data (as much as they say they can) while the others have not yet provided any data (I have appealed all). Of the 26 to have given data, only the City of London police - and possibly Norfolk - have taken any action; inasmuch as they seized one e-scooter each up mid-August 2019. As City of London have verbally warned another 74 electric scooter riders (not listed as most police forces do not record verbal warnings), it suggests the rider who had their e-scooter confiscated in London was doing something aggravating (such as riding on the pavement or jumping red lights) to warrant it. London's Metropolitan Police have seized between 10 and 20 e-scooters for the same time period but I am awaiting definitive numbers from them.

Read more about the law on e-scooters.


Having your e-scooter "seized" sounds catastrophic, but what the London police forces are failing to mention in their publicity is that you can simply retrieve your e-scooter - or "motor vehicle" - from one of their their vehicle recovery units (in Charlton or Perivale). It costs £150 plus £10 for every day it is there so I assume the minimum is £160. It is thus probably worth your while retrieving it. And the best way to avoid having your e-scooter confiscated in the first place seems to be to avoid doing anything "aggravating": the Met Police have stated that there would need to be aggravating circumstances for them to confiscate your e-scooter (though I have heard otherwise).



Police Force

Fines
2019/Jul-Aug

Confiscations
2019/Jul-Aug

Total
2019/Jul-Aug

Avon & Somerset

Bedfordshire

0 / 0

0 / 0

0 / 0

Cambridgeshire

0 / 0

0 / 0

0 / 0

Cheshire Constabulary

City of London Police

0 / 0

1 / 1

1 / 1

Cleveland Police

UNAVAILABLE 0 / 0 UNAVAILABLE

Cumbria

Derbyshire Constabulary

UNAVAILABLE

0 / 0

UNAVAILABLE

Devon & Cornwall Police

0 / 0

0 / 0

0 / 0

Dorset Police

0 / 0

0 / 0

0 / 0

Durham Constabulary

Essex Police

UNAVAILABLE

0 / 0

UNAVAILABLE

Gloucestershire Constabulary

Greater Manchester

Gwent Police

0 / 0

0 / 0

0 / 0

Hampshire Constabulary

Hertfordshire

0 / 0

0 / 0

0 / 0

Humberside Police

0 / 0

0 / 0

0 / 0

Kent Police

0 / 0

0 / 0

0 / 0

Lancashire Constabulary

Leicestershire Police

0 / 0

0 / 0

0 / 0

Lincolnshire Police

0 / 0

0 / 0

0 / 0

Merseyside

Metropolitan Police Service

Norfolk Constabulary

0 / 0

1 / 0 *

1 / 0

North Wales Police

0 / 0

0 / 0

0 / 0

North Yorkshire

Northamptonshire

0 / 0

0 / 0

0 / 0

Northumbria Police

Nottinghamshire Police

Police Scotland

South Yorkshire

0 / 0

UNAVAILABLE UNAVAILABLE

South Wales Police

0 / 0

0 / 0

0 / 0

Staffordshire

0 / 0

0 / 0

0 / 0

Suffolk Constabulary

0 / 0

0 / 0

0 / 0

Surrey Police

0 / 0

0 / 0

0 / 0

Sussex Police

0 / 0

0 / 0

0 / 0

Thames Valley

Warwickshire Police

UNAVAILABLE

0 / 0

UNAVAILABLE

West Mercia Police

UNAVAILABLE

0 / 0

UNAVAILABLE

West Midlands Police

0 / 0

UNAVAILABLE

UNAVAILABLE

West Yorkshire Police

Wiltshire Police

0 / 0

0 / 0

0 / 0

       
       

* Norfolk reported an "adapted child's scooter" being seized for not having insurance in May 2019. I have to assume that they mean an e-scooter.

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