Councillors to 'crackdown' on underage e-scooter riding in Milton Keynes

    Since the Government's UK trial launched in August 2020, hundreds of thousands of e-scooter trips have been made across the city's redways and estate roads. 

    The e-scooters are being trialled in dozens of areas, including Nottingham, York, Liverpool, Newcastle, and Oxfordshire.

    And it seems that they are the most popular in Milton Keynes, as one of the scooter rental companies - Lime - says they have seen the biggest uptake here when compared with anywhere else in Europe or the USA.

    However, people have been caught riding the scooters two at a time, which is against policy.

    Reports say Campbell Park and Old Woughton ward Councillor Terry Baines asked Milton Keynes Cllr Jennifer Wilson-Marklew to investigate a spate of youngsters using council-provided ride-on e-scooters in the town, when they should not have accounts.

    Cllr Baines also said “Most of these scooters are private and as such should not be used anywhere, except on private property.

    “Even the rental scooters are being operated by the under 18s and with more than two persons riding, which is against the account requirements.

    “How can this council deal with these issues?”

    Cllr Baines asked the council to put ‘robust’ pressure on Thames Valley Police (TVP) to “rid these scooters from our streets”.

    He also asked the council to “check robustly” with rental scooter operators “how these young kids are getting accounts.”

    Adding: “Their parents are obviously making the accounts for them and allowing them to ride – and I know you’re aware there has only been one prosecution of a parent with points on their licence.”

    This comes as Police recently put out a reminder to residents not to ride privately owned e-scooters in Milton Keynes.

    If you use a privately owned e-scooter on a public road or footpath, police say you are breaking the law.

    E-scooters are classed as a motor vehicle so the rules that apply to motor vehicles also apply to e-scooters.

    The current rental e-scooters including Lime and Spin, which you can most often find around Milton Keynes estates, are part of a government trial to pilot the use of electric scooters and so can be used on a public road.

    Residents are also being reminded that you may use a trial e-scooter on the road (except motorways) and in cycle lanes, not on the pavement.

    Published with additional information from Rory Butler,  Local Democracy Reporting Service, @rorythomasb.

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