E-scooter rider caught on M5 near Bristol was ‘following sat nav on first day at new job’

An electric scooter driver has been arrested by stunned police who found him on the M5 near Bristol.

Police said the man told them he was just following his sat nav on his first day at a new job – and told him to head south on the M5 between Junction 17 for Cribbs Causeway and exit 18 for Avonmouth, so he did.

Not only was the e-scooter he was riding illegal anyway – it was privately owned and not part of the legal Voi e-scooter pilot program – but the driver didn’t have a driver’s license anyway.

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Avon and Somerset Police’s Traffic Enforcement Unit tweeted its astonishment at the discovery. “The driver of this e-scooter obviously did not have insurance but also did not have a license because it had been refused to him for medical reasons!” they said.

“Then I decided to follow his GPS to take him to work on his first day on the shoulder of the M5 from Cribbs Causeway to Avonmouth!” they added.

Riding an electric scooter anywhere in public is illegal – whether on the road, sidewalk or bike path – as the machines are not road legal and it is impossible to get insurance for them. Only legitimate rental scooters, run in Bristol and Bath by Swedish company Voi as part of a two-year government pilot program to assess their safety, are legal – and they have geo-tracking devices which, in theory, should prevent drivers from getting on a freeway.

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Earnest L. Veasey