Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 6 June 2021
A WARNING has been issued by Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council over the illegal use of e-scooters after a rider came into a close call with a driver on Lower Bond Street.
Two days’ ago (4 June) on Lower Bond Street, an e-scooter rider had illegally taken to the streets in a public place, where they made their way over to the same lane as a moving car.
It was a close call for both vehicles involved, but luckily the driver of the car had managed to slam their brakes on in the nick of time, avoiding a potentially serious collision.
The same day, the Borough Council took to their official Facebook page to use photographs from the incident as a warning to local residents of the dangers of using e-scooters on busy roads.
‘An accident waiting to happen’
A social media spokesperson for the Council described the incident as ‘an accident waiting to happen’, and had managed to successfully obtaining photographs of the incident from nearby CCTV cameras.
Rules on e-scooters in the UK
Whilst e-scooters may be legally purchased, they may only be ridden for personal use on privately-owned land.
It is currently illegal and prohibited to use them on public land, such as roads, pavements, parks, town centres or promenades.
The statement which was shared on social media reads: “Just a reminder that whilst e-scooters are legally available to purchase, it’s currently against the law to ride a privately-owned e-scooter in any public place in the UK.
“This includes roads, pavements, parks, town centres or promenades. The only place a privately-owned e-scooter can be used is on private land.
“These images were captured on Hinckley town-centre’s CCTV with the vehicle having to brake suddenly – illegal and dangerous. Accident waiting to happen!”
If you spot anybody riding the e-scooters on public land, this can be reported as an incident to 101, the Police’s non-emergency contact number.