Police justify six points on Norwich scooter driver’s license

Published:
13:54 July 6, 2022



Updated:
2:43 PM July 6, 2022

Cops justified the seizure of an e-scooter from a teenage girl in the city, as well as the slap of six points on her future driver’s license.

Steve Kersey, 40, felt frustrated with the police response to his 16-year-old daughter riding a scooter down the slope from Castle Meadow towards Royal Arcade on Monday June 13.

As well as paying £150 to collect the scooter from a garage, Mr Kersey’s daughter was hit with a £300 fine for ‘using a motor vehicle on a public road or place without liability insurance “.


The scooter seized by police belonging to Steve Kersey’s daughter
– Credit: Steve Kersey

The Attleborough teenager has also received six points on her license – despite not yet knowing how to drive.

Mr Kersey, who lives in the town centre, described it as “a gray area”.

But Norfolk Police have now justified the punishment.

He said people caught riding a private e-scooter on public land can receive a fixed penalty notice for no insurance, with a £300 fine and six penalty points or a fixed penalty notice for no driver’s license. driving, and up to £100 fine and three-six penalty points.

A Norfolk Police spokeswoman said: ‘Electric scooters are defined by law as ‘motorized transporters’ which means they are classed as a motor vehicle.

“Therefore, the rules that apply to motor vehicles – for example cars – also apply to electric scooters.

“Personally owned electric scooters cannot be insured because they are not roadworthy and therefore cannot be used anywhere other than on private land.

“We ran a road safety campaign in April this year, raising awareness of the legislation surrounding the use of private electric scooters.

“We will continue to engage and educate users on these laws.


    Beryl electric scooters in Norwich.

An e-scooter being used in Norwich city center
– Credit: KATE WOLSTENHOLME

“However, in the event of persistent use of private electric scooters or evidence of other violations, we will take appropriate enforcement action. This includes the seizure of electric scooters and drivers flagged for driving violations.”

Mr Kersey, who works in construction, previously said his brother was disabled and used an electric mobility scooter.

He believes that it does not require any insurance to be used on public roads.

Mr Kersey said: “Battery powered cycles are apparently classed as power assisted.

“Still, you have to push the scooter for it to work.”

Earnest L. Veasey