Electric scooter driver on M5 told police he was ‘just following his sat nav’ | United Kingdom | New
Police said the man told them he was on his way to his first day at a new job – and his sat nav told him to head south on the M5 between Junction 17 for Cribbs Causeway and Junction 18 for Avonmouth, so he did just that.
Not only was the electric scooter he was riding illegal anyway – it was privately owned and not part of the legal Voi electric scooter pilot program – but the driver didn’t have a driver’s license anyway, reports Bristol Live.
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 as he had been refused for medical reasons,” they said.
‘Then he decided to follow his sat nav to take him to work on his first day on the hard shoulder of the M5 from Cribbs Causeway to Avonmouth,’ they added.
Riding a private electric scooter anywhere in public is illegal – whether on the road, pavement or bike path – as the machines are not road legal and it is impossible to get insurance for them. Only legitimate rental electric scooters operated under government pilot programs to assess their safety are legal – and they have geo-tracking devices that, in theory, should prevent drivers from getting on a highway.
By posting the incident on Facebook, people had a lot to say about the driver and the electric scooter.
Several commenters shared their frustration with electric scooters, saying they had run into people riding them. They also shared their disbelief that the driver had driven down the road. One user wrote, “Damn. Poor employer hiring someone who doesn’t have a shred of common sense.”
Another said: “Nothing surprises me today!”
“No common sense.”