E-scooter seized because driver was on wrong side of road and had no insurance

A 20-year-old woman has been flagged for driving offenses after she was spotted riding an electric scooter on the wrong side of the road by police.

The incident happened in the city center on Wednesday morning (October 20). Officers who arrested the woman quickly established that she also had no insurance for the vehicle.

It was later confiscated and she was reported by officers.

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Coventry City Center Police tweeted about the raid this week. The tweet explained what happened and included a photo of the rider standing next to the scooter on Lower Ford Street.

It read: “#Escooter seized for no insurance from 20 year old woman driving on wrong side of road in Lower Ford St #coventry reported for driving violations.”

Electric scooters have proven controversial since becoming popular in recent years.

The vehicles made headlines in September last year when a trial of electric scooter hire in the city center abruptly ended after a few days due to people using them dangerously.

There have also been more successful trials held at the University of Warwick, on the outskirts of Coventry.

Electric scooters have also become popular gifts for children and teenagers in the city. However, they are not like regular scooters or even push bikes as they are regulated by different laws as they are motorized.

This means many have been seized by officers for improper use. Earlier this year it was revealed that more than 100 had been confiscated.

Sergeant Jon Butler, from the West Midlands Police Road Accident Prevention Team, has already addressed the issue.

He told CoventryLive: “Electric scooters can be very dangerous if people use them illegally and dangerously. We want people to feel safe in our cities and we will continue to take action against those who ignore the rules.”

Meanwhile, West Midlands Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner Tom McNeil said: “I fear the government has gotten itself into a mess with e-scooters. There doesn’t seem to be a clear message and consistent for people to follow.

“I’m also concerned that some retailers are turning a blind eye to the law and selling expensive e-scooters without telling customers they can’t ride them on public roads.

“I invite anyone who rents an e-scooter, as part of the trials that are taking place in our region, to do so in complete safety, wearing a helmet and respecting the roads and cycle paths. Anyone who buys an e-scooter -Private scooter should only be driven on private land with the permission of the owner.

“I am grateful to West Midlands Police for taking strong action and engaging with those driving them and educating them on the rules.”

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Earnest L. Veasey