Residents have raised concerns about the use of e-bikes and e-scooters in the local area.

At Caton Gala, residents raised concerns about the use of e-bikes and e-scooters in the local area.   A parish councillor has investigated.

Rules:

E-bikes (or electrically assisted pedal cycles) 

You do not need a licence and do not need to be registered, taxed or insured. They must display power output, manufacturer, voltage and maximum speed. The maximum power output should be 250 watts of electric motor and should not be able to propel the bike when it is travelling more than 15.5mph. An e-bike can have more than 2 wheels (e.g. be a tricycle). When all requirements are met, they are classed as normal pedal cycles, and this means you can ride them on cycle paths or anywhere else pedal bikes are permitted. No complaints should be raised about compliant e-bikes.

E-scooters 

The government (gov.uk) has defined e-scooters as powered transporters (a group which also includes segways, hoverboards, go-peds, power-unicycles and u-wheels). Powered transporters are classed as motor vehicles and covered under Road Traffic Act 1988 and Highway Act 1935. It illegal to use powered transporters on a public road or in spaces set aside for pedestrians, cyclists and horse-riders; this includes pavements and cycle lanes – this would include the Caton Greenway. Any person who uses a powered transporter incorrectly could be in breach of law, committing a criminal offence and could be prosecuted. Note: it is not illegal to use a powered transport on private land with the permission of the owner.

Action:

Please consider your own personal safety, however if you see the illegal use of e-scooters/powered transporters you can call 999 if there is an imminent danger to life and limb or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 to make a less urgent report, anonymously if you wish. It would be useful if you could provide the operator with the who, what, when, why and how. If you cannot name the rider, can you provide a description? It would be useful to establish if there is a pattern of behaviour: is it a certain person at a certain time going in a certain direction?

If you have a relative, friend or associate that you know is using an e-scooter/powered transporter illegally, you could also please ask them to stop in order to protect themselves for prosecution and to prevent injury to themselves and others.