Hampshire Police chase e-scooter driver in Fareham Shopping Center

POLICE seized an e-scooter from a group of young people in a Hampshire town centre.

When officers confronted a gang of youngsters for using an electric scooter in Fareham Shopping Centre, they fled the area.

In an incident the next day (Friday), the same teenagers again tried to evade the police.

However, the driver of the electric scooter has been arrested and an investigation has now been opened.

A post from the Fareham Police Facebook page said: “The law states that electric scooters are illegal to use on public roads except for the approved rental scheme in designated towns and villages in the UK .

“The law also specifies that an e-scooter is classed as a motor vehicle and therefore requires a full UK driving license and insurance. This requirement is there for driver safety.”

The statement went on to say: “Unfortunately, people have lost their lives riding electric scooters despite not being qualified to do so. Riding is a difficult skill to master and maintain, so I beg the parents…don’t buy one and let your child go out on an e-scooter they haven’t been trained in the rules of the road and the skills required to drive.

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