Edinburgh e-scooter driver caught in late night police crackdown

An Edinburgh electric scooter user was caught by police this week after being spotted by officers.

In a social media warning, traffic police said they were out in the city in the early hours of Friday morning (June 24) when they saw the driver.

First noticing the individual on Murrayburn Road in the Wester Hailes area, it was later found that the driver had no insurance and was also reported for a driving license offence.

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Speaking on Twitter, road officers said: “Officers from #EdinburghRP and #LivingstonRP have paired up for the night shift tonight.

“Officers arrested the driver of an electric scooter in the Wester Hailes area after observing it being used on Murryburn Road. The driver reported to COPFS that he had no insurance and that he had committed a driver’s license offence.

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It is currently illegal to use an e-scooter on any public road or footpath in Scotland, although the devices are legal to purchase.

Traffic officers also explained how they were called to a crash in Dunbar this week (June 24), after a driver was tested over the alcohol limit.

With the current road limit of 22 ug, the driver had provided a reading of 132 ug.

Police said: “DunbarRP witnessed a collision in Dunbar. The driver provided a roadside reading of 132ug (22ug limit). They were arrested, first taken to hospital and four hours later the driver provided a reading of 90 ug.

“Reported to @COPFS for DUI and failure to identify driver violation.”

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