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Having a drink whilst out on your Scooter, think again....

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Owning an E-Scooter legally is currently difficult, as there are strict rules on any privately owned E-Scooter to be used lawfully on a road or public place. The rider must have insurance, licence, safety equipment and vehicle tax.

The Law

E-Scooters are categorised as a motor vehicle by the Department for Transport. There is not any new legislation to cover specific law in relation to them and therefore Section 185 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 applies. This Act defines a motor vehicle as “any mechanically propelled vehicle intended or adapted for use on roads”.

So not only can people be stopped for driving them, but can also face being arrested and charged for excess alcohol, if found to be riding them, whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs.


Any drink or drug driving conviction carries a minimum driving disqualification of 12 months and financial penalties. In some circumstances the sentence can also be a community order or custodial sentence.

Here at Johnson Astills we provide expert legal advice, should you find yourself charged with this offence please contact our offices who will be able to advise you further.

Johnson Astills are experts in criminal law, and are able to assist 24 hours of the day whether at the police station or at Court. If you need advice or assistance from the criminal department at Johnson Astills , please contact us on 0116 255 4855.

To discuss any offences please contact our Criminal Defence Team at Johnson Astills at our Leicester office on 0116 2554855 or our Loughborough office on 01509 610312.