Knowing where you can or can’t go when using a hired e-scooter on the Isle of Wight

Here are the details of what you can and cannot do with the Beryl e-scooters (some ridden on dual carriageway!). Not sticking to these rules makes you liable for arrest, a fine, points on your licence, Isle of Wight Police say

woman riding a beryl bike

Following last week’s launch of an e-scooter hire scheme on the Isle of Wight, Sgt Radford from Isle of Wight Police has kindly set out what you can and can’t do with e-scooters on the Island.

It’s important to note that there are different rules between e-scooters that you hire and those that are privately owned, with changes made to the law so that hired e-scooters are legal to use in a public place (with some exceptions).

Hiring an e-scooter
An e-scooter is classified as a Personal Light Electric Vehicle (PLEVs). You can use it on a road or a designated cycle lane.

Beryl scooters currently have a maximum speed of 12.5 mph. You are liable to (almost) the same restrictions as someone who uses a car or motorbike.

What you must do:

  • You must follow the Highway Code
  • You must have signed up to the Beryl App which will verify your age and that you hold a provisional driving licence
  • It is to be used by one rider at a time

What you are advised to do:

  • Wearing a helmet is optional (but recommended)

You cannot do the following:

  • Ride it on a pavement
  • Use it on the dual carriage way
  • You can’t ride it through a no-entry or the wrong was down a one-way street, etc.
  • You cannot carry passengers
    You cannot use a mobile phone while riding
  • Use it for ‘fun’ and do stunts
  • You cannot ‘drink or drug’ drive

Sgt Radford explains that doing any of these things makes you liable for arrest, a fine, points on your driving licence and or a court appearance.

He also says that not adhering to the law and rules will put the trial in jeopardy.

See the Government Website detailing rules for the trial.

Privately owned e-scooters
Privately owned e-scooters can not be used in a public place. This is illegal, they can only be used on private land.

Sgt Radford says,

“I can assure you that we have seized privately owned e-scooters that have been used in a public place. It is likely that you will receive one or all of the following;

  • Your scooter will be seized, you will be charged a recovery and daily storage fee (yes, it is expensive).
  • You may receive points on your licence and a fine for ‘driving otherwise in accordance with a licence’
  • You may receive 6 points and a £300 for ‘having no insurance’
  • You may be sent to court and you can explain to the magistrate/judge on why you were riding an e-scooter. Depending on the circumstances at court it could take you over 12 points which will ban you from driving (6 points maximum in your first 2 years).

“This is the law, if you are an enthusiast and want these legalised, riding them now will not help. Any plans to have them legalised may be pushed back.”

He suggests that anyone with issues with the law should write to their MP, Bob Seely.

For the full details of what’s permitted, see the Government Website.

Monday, 30th November, 2020 12:43pm

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13 Comments on "Knowing where you can or can’t go when using a hired e-scooter on the Isle of Wight"

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andy

But I saw photographs recently of Cllr Ian Ward and Cllr Dave Stewart riding them on the pavement outside County Hall.

Are the police going to prosecute them?

Fenders

Of course not. I mean, did they prosecute half a sausage Seely? They only go for little old ladies protesting outside Parliament.

Spartacus

Don’t do as I do, do as I say comes to mind

Spartacus

I’m surprised they found one big enough for Dave Stewart. So he gets a pay rise to ride around on scooters, what a sham.

Colin

Whilst some may use these machines as intended, there are always going to be others who don’t. The whole scheme is not thought through and only days into it there are problems. With one already reportedly using Medina Way dual carriageway(not allowed) then I can’t see them (or their riders) lasting long.

chartman
According to the Government website on this, they only say ‘not on motorway’. I can’t find any mention of a dual carriageway being barred… Please clarify. Where you can use a trial e-scooter You may use a trial e-scooter on the road (except motorways) and in cycle lanes. You must not use an e-scooter on the pavement. Traffic signs with the following cycle symbol apply to e-scooters… Read more »
Colin
Depends on where you read of course, clear as mud. The article says not on the dual, the police say not on the dual, elsewhere it says not on roads with a speed limit greater than 40, but then the dual has a new 30mph speed limit going up according to the temporary sign by the slip roads. I expect all the privately owned scooters will be… Read more »
uosf9

This lot will be just like cyclists-and I use that term sparingly-they’ll go anywhere they want.
As to Plod fining them,well I doubt that will happen over here,it’s about as likely as Phillip Greed baling out his old woman.

Jane

There were lots of reports on Facebook that there was groups of 8 youths (aged around 14/15) causing havoc on these scooters. Apparently you only need a bank card to access one. Not sure if this is fact but if it is something needs to be done.

Rupert Besley
Might we have here the makings of a neat solution in the offing? Make the Diamond Races for Beryl e-scooters only. No noise, no pollution, 12 mph speed limit, no need to remove cat’s eyes and telegraph poles, what’s the problem? The trouble is, of course, that what would be missing would be all the things that supporters of the event wish for and opponents don’t: speed,… Read more »
Colin

I did my weekly shop in Newport last night so obviously dark. There were two people definitely not old enough for a licence merrily scooting along the roads, no lights of course, no helmets, an accident waiting to happen. Who would have thought…

Spartacus

What do you expect nobody regulates anything any more

chartman

I can find nowhere in Gov regulations re PLEVs that say you can’t ride a PLEV on a dual carriageway. It states motorway- perfectly understandable. How are all these St Mary’s NHS workers (using their ‘free’ PLEV) supposed to get to and from the hospital without using the dual carriageway?