Electric scooter rider charged with no insurance and for riding on Edinburgh footpath
Riding on an Edinburgh Footpath! One down, thousands of cyclists to go. I await with eagerness, the police stopping and charging every cyclist who rides on Edinburgh pavements – the courts are going to be extremely busy.
I'd be more concerned with the young lads on Motocross bikes in the area near the Royal Infirmary that are usually on the back wheel and/or the wrong side of the road, but that's just me.…
Personally I think any transportation which can move at speed above 20mph should have insurance in the event of a collision or accident and be on the road. Pavements should be for pedestrians only. You can’t charge road tax for a transportation which uses zero emissions as it’s causing no damage to the road or environment in my opinion.
Perhaps the police would like to expand away from more middle class areas, and you'll find we have to dodge things like this and inconsiderate cyclists every time we go for a walk. It only gets highlighted when it affects more affluent areas.
But e-bikes are OK? Same principle, no licence, road tax or insurance required.
Perhaps the police should focus on Deliveroo cyclists who speed through red lights, while us motorists are sat stationary. They are going to get wiped out with traffic on green travelling at speed. I got stopped at four sets of lights in a mile, the same guy flew through red lights, then I would overtake only to reach the lights and for cyclist to do it again. Sorry, someone else’s dinner is not worth dying for.
Electric bikes and electric scooters are in that grey area as it’s hard to prove at the time of the stop if it’s running under its own power or the user’s power. And that’s the difference between a toy and a motorcycle. Even then, under 15 mph it’s classed as electronically assisted. Waste of time going through court.
How can it be unregistered when they are illegal in the first place? Over a certain age it should be legal to use them anywhere with no licence.
Next step - E-Bikes. Carefully disguised as bicycles you’d be shocked just how many of them are illegal. People might not know this, but E bikes beyond a certain KW rating should be taxed, insured, registered and come with test requirements, the same as the moped.
For partially sighted or blind people these are a real hazard on pavements. They're quiet and not easily heard.
Not surprised they're about to get banned, people are driving them like maniacs everywhere.
It's only someone trying to be environmentally friendly by leaving the polluting machine. Environmentalists should be up in arms over this.
Been thinking of getting a scooter to try and be a bit more environmentally friendly by leaving the car, but will give it second thought now.
I saw two children on the road yesterday using these scooters holding up the traffic!
Quite right. One flying about the main road at rush hour with a fag in his puss the other day. Different story if Mr Cool ended up under a bus.
If these scooters had lights or the riders wore bright clothing (and sensible helmets) then no problem. But most don’t.
This is literally embarrassing! People use these scooters in all European cities yet Edinburgh stands out as the one that says NO. I guess we should all just use the buses.
How come an electric scooter is illegal but ebikes are OK?
Would people with electric wheelchairs get charged as well?
Are they going to charge cyclists on Comiston Road for not using the cycle lane?
I got cut up by a guy on one at 4 30am in Gorgie, he came right across in front of me from my blind side – accident waiting to happen.
It’s a relief to know we are living in a crime free city, if this is what the police have time to do!