e-scooters

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There has be an increase in e-scooter usage and I have been asked about the legalities around them. I have checked  this statement from Thames Valley Police but I understand that rental e-scooters are not available in Oxford.

If you own an e-scooter, you cannot legally use this on the road.  You can only ride this on private land. This could be a garden or a field, with the landowner's permission.

Private e-scooters cannot be used on public roads, roadways or pavements as they need to be insured, taxed and registered with the DVLA -
just like cars. BUT, you can't register, tax or insure an e-scooter.
If you ride your own e-scooter on public land, you could get a £300 fine, 6 points on your driving licence and the scooter can be seized.
Even if you don't have a driving licence, points can be added once you have passed your test. New drivers can only receive 6 points on their licence in the first 2 years after passing so you could lose your driving licence.
 
If you are renting an e-scooter from an approved scheme, you can legally use this on the road.
 
In July, rental e-scooters were made legal on roads in England to allow for a 12-month trial while the government review the legislation.
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Maggie Lewis (NWN, Multi Scheme Administrator, Thames Valley, Oxford LPA)

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