Police issue motorised scooter alert
Police are urging parents not to allow their children to use motorised scooters.
Officers say it is illegal to ride the machines on the pavement and, if used on the road, the rider must have a provisional driving licence, have taken a test, wear a helmet, have road tax, a valid MOT certificate, insurance and a number plate.
If they don’t, they could face a £600 fine and six points on their driving licence, if they have one.
According to police, drivers who have not yet qualified for a full driving licence will have these penalty points added to any future licence.
Hertfordshire police say the scooters, which are also known as go-peds or buzzboards, pose a serious danger not only to the rider but also to other road users and pedestrians.
Officers describe them as consisting of a board, two wheels, a handle for steering and a fitted engine which, in some cases, is capable of speeds up to 25mph.
The scooters have proved to be a popular present this Christmas and police fear that, because of the innocent looking design and specification, many parents and young people may be unaware of, not only the dangers, but also the road traffic offences that may be committed.
Inspector Peter Brooks, from Hertfordshire’s Roads Policing Unit, said parents need to take responsibility for making sure they are used safely.
"We are primarily concerned for the safety of children riding these scooters but also aware of the dangers posed to others, especially pedestrians. Parents are being asked to consider whether these machines are suitable for any child under the age of 16," he said.
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January 2, 2003