Police issue scooter warning
Local police are warning parents not to let their children use motorised scooters on the roads or on pavements. They say there has been an increase in the use of the vehicles since the summer holidays began.
In an e-mail to this site, police asked for a warning to be issued to all local parents to either not purchase motorised scooters for their children or, if they do, to ensure that their children are qualified to drive the vehicles on the roads. On no account must they be used on pavements.
Motorised scooters are now classed in the same category as mopeds. Those riding them must have a valid driving licence. If they donít, they should have a provision licence and display L-plates.
Police say riders must take their compulsory basic training test, wear crash helmets, and ensure the vehicle is insured, taxed, has an MOT certificate, and displays a number plate. The vehicles are sold as not being suitable for use on the road. Some models are capable of speeds up to 25 mph.
Officers have powers to seize the vehicles where necessary. Those found riding them without valid insurance are liable to receive a six-point penalty along with a typical fine of £600. Drivers who have not yet qualified for a full driving licence will have the penalty points endorsed on their licence once they acquire one.
You can discuss this issue in this site's forum.
Note: Lawyers for the makers of the Go-Ped motorised scooter have written to this site asking for references to the trademark name 'Go-Ped' to be removed from this article. The name was used because that is how Hertfordshire police referred to the motorised scooters in the e-mail sent to this site. The name 'Go-Ped has been removed from the piece above and the term 'motorised scooter' used instead.
26 July 2004