Parents urged not to buy ‘must have’ Xmas gift as cops crack down on e-scooters

Police are urging parents not to buy their kids e-scooters for Christmas.

Merseyside Police has launched a crackdown on them being driven illegally during the festive season.

This year's "must have" present has been linked to crimes and anti-social behaviour across the country, the Liverpool Echo reports.

A police spokesman said: "In the run-up to Christmas, we are highlighting the illegal use of electric scooters and urging parents and guardians to think seriously before buying them as presents.

"Recently, the force has seen an increase in e-scooters being ridden illegally across Merseyside, particularly in areas of Liverpool city centre and Southport, as well as areas of Wirral, St Helens and Knowsley.

"It is against the law to ride an e-scooter anywhere other than on private land, with the express permission of the landowner. If found to be riding one in public, individuals can face having their scooters seized, a fine, or even points on their driving licence.

"In addition to this, e-scooters can pose a danger to other members of the public, and we have seen increased reports of them being ridden antisocially including on pavements, in crowded places, and even in the dark.

"As Christmas approaches, we are encouraging anyone considering purchasing a scooter as a gift to please seriously consider the risks."

Chief Inspector Tony Jones added: “Recently, we have seen a rise in incidents involving electric scooters, including a minor injury collision with a car and I want to make it clear that these scooters are not toys, and have the potential to cause serious injury or even worse.

"The anti-social and criminal use of them in our town centres and on our roads is reckless and can be incredibly dangerous, posing a significant risk to members of the public as well as the rider.

“We will continue to work to crack down on the illegal use of electric scooters as the festive period approaches, and would encourage anyone who has information on them to please get in touch with us.”

Earlier this month Liverpool City Council launched an e-scooter programme within the city centre.

Some 150 scooters were made available to hire within a pre-approved area for a year-long trial.

Users had to be over-18 and have a provisional licence as a minimum.

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