Only 4% of e-scooter-related crimes are charged, although the vehicles have been linked to hundreds of shoplifting and drug offenses
- One in 25 e-scooter offenses leads to criminal charges, new figures show
- The electric scooters are popular with drug dealers and muggers in the UK
- Figures show that 52 people were injured by felons on e-scooters
Only one in 25 crimes involving electric scooters has resulted in police charges, an investigation by The Mail found on Sunday.
Figures also show that 52 people were injured by e-scooters, which is becoming an increasingly popular form of transport for muggers and drug dealers.
While rental e-scooters have been legalized in 24 areas across the UK this summer, private vehicles are banned on streets and in parks. Even so, retailers saw a surge in demand ahead of the Christmas season.
Criminals are known to use e-scooters to commit crimes such as mugging and drug trafficking. Their use is highly regulated, although people can rent scooters in the areas shown, such as Milton Keynes
City Police recorded 217 crimes, the highest of all responses
Even before the expected arrival of thousands more e-scooters on the streets – some have been adapted to exceed the maximum speed limit of 19 km / h – the numbers show the extent of the violations. Responses to Freedom of Information requests show 480 scooter-related crimes, including shoplifting and drug possession, between January 1st and October 31st of this year. Only 19 people were charged – only 4 percent of the total.
The Metropolitan Police recorded 217 crimes, the highest of all responses, followed by Bedfordshire with 132. The actual number of crimes is likely to be higher as only 19 of the 42 armed forces in England were able to provide information.
David Davies, Director of the Parliamentary Advisory Council on Road Safety, said: “The government seems to be completely missing the problems of illegal private use. Many companies seem to sell these things by hand and take no responsibility that they are used illegally. My suggestion would be to make it easier for the police to simply confiscate these things – take them off the street. "
Rental scooters are speed limited and users must have a valid driver's license. Private ownership is illegal, although sales have tripled this year.
Kerry McCarthy, Secretary of State for Shadow Greens, said: “The government rushed to roll out e-scooter pilots at the start of the pandemic and the lack of clarity has created confusion and concern. Some have taken the green light to use their own private e-scooters, which is still illegal, and the police have made every effort to respond. "Superintendent Simon Ovens of the Met Police warned:" Wherever we've seen bicycles and mopeds, snapshots are now found on e-scooters. You are too dangerous. They are too difficult to control. While we have seized e-scooters that can go up to 60 km / h, there are some that can go 100 km / h. "
Middlesbrough was the first to try a rental program, but within hours teenagers were seen driving through a mall.
The Ministry of Transport said, “There are already strict and clear laws in place for e-scooters that are not legal to use on public roads. The enforcement of road traffic law is a matter for the police chiefs within the framework of local police plans. "