Police are cracking down on e-scooters.
Electric scooters may look like green parts of the future, but they are still classified by the Department of Transportation as vehicles and are thus considered without any MOT or registry plate or with car-like signals. Riding on UK roads is not legal.
The only exceptions are in test areas such as Salford Quiz and Rochdale, and only then at designated locations on limestone machines.
Last week, a team of 15 Greater Manchester Police officers launched a one-day operation in the city center, seizing 23 e-scooters. Typically, these cost more than £ 200.
The bomber struck shortly after noon in front of a police recruiting center at Oldham.
However, the public reaction has been mixed: many have praised the police for taking action to deal with what they consider dangerous and unorganized machines. Others point to the fact that they are legal in trial areas and question why the police seem to be focusing so much on ‘less hanging fruits’ rather than more serious crimes.
When GMP announced its crackdown on Facebook, more than 1,600 people posted comments.
Lindsay Rao Lands wrote: “I think this is great news. I am a completely blind and guide dog user and this e-scooter is for myself and other visually impaired and elderly people who are traveling on smooth paths. It’s a nightmare for them. They’re dangerous and they shouldn’t be. Floors are allowed. “
“Fantastic, great. Thank you. They’re potential killing machines, they pass my house on the sidewalk, they move fast, they need to be removed from our roads,” On Tuff said.
Terry Cooler said: “Most European cities are allowing them because it reduces congestion and air pollution. We should encourage people to use them!”
However, others were criticized. Many people say that electric bikes are legal on our roads.
Ben Marshall said in a sarcastically dripping post: “E-scooters are clearly the number one enemy of the public and extremely dangerous, except in the cities where you can employ them, they are safe, but it’s not random that the government Can. ” t profit.
“No, they have a lot of police resources.”
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When GMP’s Oldham Central Facebook page posted a picture of another occupant on Friday night, Mark Booth replied: “Yet yesterday a car made an illegal turn to the right in front of a police car and copper Just saw … good job. “
One poster blew up “tragic policing” while another said officers were picking “less hanging fruit”.
In addition to the 30 trial areas across the country, e-scooters can legally ride on private land only with the owner’s permission.
The most powerful machines can reach 68 miles per hour, but the maximum speed of rented e-scooters in the UK is 15.5mph.
In 2019, 35-year-old YouTuber Emily Hartridge became the first person in Britain to die after a collision using an e-scooter. There are more since then.
In April, an e-scooter rider failed to stop after colliding with a pedestrian in Longsight, and the man suffered severe head injuries.
Police also have concerns that scooters are being used to commit crimes.
“We are aware of the growing popularity of e-scooters,” said Inspector John Shellock of the GMP’s Roads Policing Unit.
However, they are classified as personal light electric vehicles by the Department of Transportation and as such they are required to own and use them to ensure the safety of everyone using our roads and public roads. Regulations must be enforced.
“Today is not just about getting illegal e-scooters off the roads, it’s about engaging with people and making sure they understand the rules.
“It was a special day in the city center. However, our officers will remain vigilant and consider it appropriate if and when they see e-scooters being used illegally in Greater Manchester.
“We will also work with retailers to ensure that they inform potential buyers of the rules regarding the use of e-scooters.”