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Police warning to Northampton e-scooter riders after operation targets nuisance behaviour

Police officers from the Northampton Neighbourhood Policing Team conducted an operation this week with the aim of addressing the issue of nuisance e-scooter and bicycle riding in the town centre. The operation, which took place on Wednesday, August 30 in Abington Street, involved officers stopping individuals who were riding Voi e-scooters inappropriately.

Additionally, privately-owned vehicles that are not legally permitted to be ridden on public roads were seized. The use of e-scooters has experienced significant growth in recent years, with people being able to rent them in various towns and cities worldwide.

In Northamptonshire, Voi, an e-scooter company, operates a scheme that allows users to pay for scooters by the minute through an app. However, it is important to note that privately owned e-scooters are currently prohibited from being ridden on public roads, cycle lanes, or pavements.

They are only permitted for use on private land. This restriction is due to their classification as Personal Light Electric Vehicles (PLEVs), which subjects them to the same legal requirements as other motor vehicles.

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During the police operation conducted this week, two e-scooters were seized, and 11 tickets were issued to individuals cycling on footpaths. In total, 14 offences were identified.

PCSO Dot Wilson-Townsend from Northampton’s Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “We know from talking to local people that they want to see us tackling the anti-social behaviour caused by nuisance e-scooter and bicycle riding. That’s why we carried out this operation and why we will continue to carry out similar action in and around the town centre in the future.

“We of course advocate greener ways of travel but only in safe and sensible ways. So please remember – private e-scooters are currently illegally to ride in public and if you choose to ride a Voi e-scooter or a bicycle, do so with care and respect for your surroundings.”

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