There have been 16 instances of police intervening over illegal use of e-scooters in one Bristol area over the last week.
The electric vehicles have proved controversial in Bristol since the city began its role in the nationwide government trial on their use in 2020.
The city’s rentable e-scooters were introduced as part of a large trial in England with the South West branch led by Swedish tech brand Voi Technologies – available in Bath, Gloucester and Yeovil.
Police have now reported that as many as 16 police interventions over the use of e-scooters took place in Staple Hill alone over the last week.
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The South Gloucestershire team for Avon and Somerset Police took to Twitter to confirm that over the last week, the Neighbourhood Policing Team for Staple Hill issued 13 warnings to riders and seized three of the vehicles that were being ridden illegally.
The account also issued a reminder to those using the scooters that any of them that are not part of the ongoing government trial are currently illegal to ride in a public space, and that those riding legal ones must do so within the rules of the road.
The statement said: “This week alone the Staple Hill NPT have given 13 warnings and seized 3 e-scooters being ridden illegally.
“Please remember that any e-scooter that is not part of the rental scheme, is illegal to ride in a public space and all legal scooters must still abide by the law of the road.”
The maximum speed for an e-scooter is 15.5mph under the current laws, with trial e-scooters limited to this speed and in some areas e-scooters may be limited to a lower maximum speed.
The use of e-scooters has proved controversial in the city since their introduction, with one regular user telling Bristol Live last week that his experiences using them have been “awful”, claiming he has been shouted and sworn at by drivers more than once a day.
He says his experiences, which include being hit in the back of the legs by a driver while on a scooter, have left him fearful of using them.