15-year old got 6 points on his future license for riding an electric scooter
A 15-year old boy in Cleveland, northern England, got slammed with six points and an automatic driving ban on his future license for the most bizarre reason.
Cleveland police said the 15-year old was ridding an electric scooter at 'high-speeds' when he was caught by the officers. After appearing in court earlier this month he received six penalty points on his future license, this means that when he will finally get his license, he will be one point away from a six month driving ban.
Police haven't released many details about the case, most crucially the speed the boy was doing, however, they stated the scooter is capable of 40mph. They also warned parents of 'the consequences' of buying their kids one of these, especially now before Christmas.
PC Mike Doherty, from Coulby Newham Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “These scooters are not toys, and not only can they be extremely dangerous, but they are also not legal to ride on pavements and roads and I think many parents aren’t aware of this."
He further added: “Under the Road Traffic Act we can report the individual rider for not having insurance, a licence, a number plate, helmet and MOT for the scooter.
“This person will then be reported for summons and will be given a minimum of six points on their licence or future license and a possible fine.”
It's all because of a law from 1835
Electric scooters and other vehicles classed as 'Personal Light Electric Vehicles' (PLEVs) are perfectly fine in other places such as France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland or California, where they are either road legal or allowed on footpaths, albeit with certain speed limitations. Not in the UK though, here it's outlawed by a nearly 200-year-old piece of legislation- The Highways Act 1835, Section 72 and modern bureaucracy.
The act prohibits any sort of powered vehicle from using footpaths, meanwhile bureaucracy makes it illegal on road, you see for it to be allowed on roads it would need to be taxed, registered and moted, however, it can't be as it's too slow to be road-legal So they are prohibited from the footpath but too slow to be road legal, this leaves them in a limbo state where they can only be used in special areas or on private land.
You can read the law causing all this below – it's a bit of a laugh and allowed me to sneak in the word 'ass' into a Drivetribe article twice so, hey. "If any person shall wilfully ride upon any footpath or causeway by the side of any road made or set apart for the use or accommodation of foot passengers; or shall wilfully lead or drive any horse, ass, sheep, mule, swine, or cattle or carriage of any description, or any truck or sledge, upon any such footpath or causeway; or shall tether any horse, ass, mule, swine, or cattle, on any highway, so as to suffer or permit the tethered animal to be thereon." – The Highways Act 1835 Section 72.