West Lothian Police arrest e-scooter rider on footpath without license or insurance

West Lothian Police spotted illegal use of an electric scooter on a footpath in Edinburgh while responding to another investigation.

Road Policing Scotland said they arrested an individual who was riding an electric scooter on Queensferry Road.

They say the person was traveling without a license, without insurance and using an unregistered vehicle on a public trail.

Officers only observed the incident after entering the capital to attend to another investigation.

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Police said the driver of the e-scooter has since been reported to the Crown Office and the Public Prosecutor’s Tax Service in Edinburgh.

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Road Policing Scotland took to Twitter on the morning of Saturday June 11 to alert the public to the shutdown, they said: ‘#LivingstonRP were in the Edinburgh area for investigation when they observed an e-scooter being used on a footpath on Queensferry Road.

“Driver pulled over and reported to @COPFS for lack of license, insurance and operating an unregistered vehicle on a trail (S34(1)(b) RTA 1988).”

Electric scooters have been hugely controversial, with Police Scotland vowing to crack down on anti-social use of vehicles in the capital.

They have become popular as a mode of transport, with young residents of Edinburgh using them regularly to get around the city.

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Earnest L. Veasey