Police clampdown on illegal e-scooter riders

November 24 2021
Police clampdown on illegal e-scooter riders

Riders using electric scooters illegally on paths and highways are being targeted by police.

Residents of St Peter’s and Battenhall aired their concerns about the scooters, citing potential dangers, at a meeting attended by police and councillors.

The issue was discussed during a Partners and Communities Together (PACT meeting at St Peter’s Baptist Church.

It was the first held since before the Covid pandemic.

PC Louise Steele of West Mercia Police’s Battenhall and Nunnery Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) told those attending that there were more of the e-scooters than people realised.

She explained: “They’re not illegal to buy but can be used on private land only. That is one of our things we are looking to target.”

She added that they could be seized by police if being used illegally, saying: “It’s often young kids who have had them bought for them so don’t see anything wrong with them.”

One resident at the meeting said he had two near misses with e-scooters, on one occasion as he was reversing out of his drive as one of them sped by.

“They’re flying up and down all the time,” he added, saying: “They come up at one hell of a rate of knots and you don’t see them.”

He thought they often went along Norton Road and Aldersey Close.

St Peter’s parish councillor Paul Walters, who chaired the PACT meeting, said one of the e-scooter users went between Dace Road and the Ketch roundabout and “wasn’t too fussed about who was in his way”.

He added that the issue was difficult to deal with as the offenders had “been and gone” before anything could be done.

PC Steele explained some people were not using the scooters just for fun, saying: “It’s to get from A to B. It’s just another form of transport for them. It’s not really a recreational thing.”

Steve Mackay, the Conservative Worcestershire county councillor for Battenhall and St Peter’s and a Worcester city councillor, echoed PC Steele’s point, saying: “A lot of people say it’s better to use these things to get to work rather than their cars,” but added: “People are very concerned about them flying around, coming up behind them.”

PC Steele urged members of the public to submit photos or footage of people riding electric scooters illegally, if they could record them safely, to enable police to take action.

Posters have been pWWut up around St Peter’s warning people using electric scooters illegally about the consequences if they are caught, including seizure of the scooters.

Quad bikes were also raised as an issue during the PACT meeting, with some being ridden around Battenhall Park.