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e-scooters



CrippsCorner

ClioSport Club Member
  Mini Cooper S
Anyone on here got one? Seem to be everywhere now, but... still illegal?

I mean these look decent:


I'm moving closer to work soon. 40 minute walk... me and the missus will probably go down to 1 car as she's even closer. Was thinking one of these would suit me chipping off to work in the early hours.

What's the deal with being illegal on the roads and pavement though? I see probably 5 people on them a day now. I believe they're now legal in the US?
 
  377BHP Golf R 7.5
if you scroll down on the halfords link you posted it states

Please note that this scooter is not to be used on public highways, only on private property with the owner's consent.
 

Jeff simply

ClioSport Club Member
I want one. Haven't got one yet, people reckon the law will change on them in future and then they'll be taxed and cost a lot more (does make sense to a degree).

I'd want one of them with suspension and small tyres as the hard wheel ones look bone jarringly uncomfortable.
 

Jeff simply

ClioSport Club Member
To be honest it’s very doubtful that the police would ever stop you on one of these. That’s not to say they couldn’t.

I’ve also been looking at these.
I’ve seen people ride like utter pellets on them and wonder whether they’d get stopped by the plod.

I’m sure if you follow the rules of the road and stop for reds, don’t ride on pavements and generally be considerate you’d be really unlucky to get penalised for one.
 

c4pob

ClioSport Club Member
  R55 Mini Clubman JCW
To be honest it’s very doubtful that the police would ever stop you on one of these. That’s not to say they couldn’t.

I’ve also been looking at these.
Pre-lockdown on my Brompton commute across London I would see about 1 person a month pulled over on an e-scooter. That’s over a 12 month period.
 

Sunglasses_Ron

ClioSport Admin
Pre-lockdown on my Brompton commute across London I would see about 1 person a month pulled over on an e-scooter. That’s over a 12 month period.
That’s surprising because I don’t know anyone who’s prosecuted someone for being on one.

I dont think it’ll be long before the legislation is changed. These are perfect for getting people off of an already packed transport system in London.
 

Matt W

ClioSport Club Member
  E92 M3
They’re all over Europe, hired one in Berlin and was a great way of seeing the city.

That exact model you’ve linked was £299 in Halfords at the end of last year. I very nearly bought one until I saw a guy in Newport commuting on one every day in the sun, looked great fun until I then saw him pushing it one day with a flat tyre in the rain 😂
 

andy_con

ClioSport Club Member
  clio 182
People in London have/do get fined for using one since that bird got killed using one in central London.

Personly I'd be very weary about spending lots of money and then getting told off by the boys in blue and not being able to use it.

It's a bit like speeding, all fun until you get caught
 

leeds2592

ClioSport Club Member
  Bean 182
Me and @dann2707 and 2 other mates went to Krakow last year and spent a large majority of our time pissed as farts smashing about on them through the streets. They're bloody good fun and a great way to get about.

2 things to note, the ones we had were absolutely lethal on wet ground as a few of us found out and they're bloody uncomfortable on cobbles and rough ground.

I'd love one to knock about on in England but i'd just have no use for one really.
 

Mavez

ClioSport Club Member
  Clio & No Megane
I always wanted to build something to get to work with, using one of those bicycle 36/48v hub motors. But the legality of it put me off.
 

Davyy

ClioSport Club Member
  Clio 172
It is confusing.. as they are illegal, but some areas are trialling them which seems a bit hypocritical. My local area try to engage and educate first, and a few have been seized it they are riding dangerously, flying down pavements etc.
 

Richard_UK

ClioSport Club Member
  Passat Tdi Sport
I always wanted to build something to get to work with, using one of those bicycle 36/48v hub motors. But the legality of it put me off.
As long as it doesn’t have a throttle, pedal assist, and is limited to 15.5mph it’s legal.
 

Richard_UK

ClioSport Club Member
  Passat Tdi Sport

dann2707

ClioSport Club Member
Me and @dann2707 and 2 other mates went to Krakow last year and spent a large majority of our time pissed as farts smashing about on them through the streets. They're bloody good fun and a great way to get about.

2 things to note, the ones we had were absolutely lethal on wet ground as a few of us found out and they're bloody uncomfortable on cobbles and rough ground.

I'd love one to knock about on in England but i'd just have no use for one really.
Hahaha still got the mental scars from those.

In Poland they clean the streets from 11 to midnight which just happened to be the prime time for us lot to be several pints down and feeling invisible on them 😂😂😂😂

You're right though as soon as there's a bit of water it's not even a gradual wash out it is literally bang and you're gone 😂 proper pissing myself at how fun they were though, just tearing around Kraków dodging people whilst giggling like mad

They are addictive as hell
 

CrippsCorner

ClioSport Club Member
  Mini Cooper S
That's interesting about the hire ones. How are they actually going to know? Unless they're bright pink or something. They're not going to stop everyone on one to see if they're hired or not... I leave at 07:00 and barely see another car on the way to work sometimes so probably alright on the way there, but not so good on the way back lol. Are you legally allowed to use one of these with the motor turned off I wonder? Lot of money to spend just to see what happens. Unlikely to need one for 6 months yet anyway so I guess I'll just keep an eye on things.
 

McGherkin

ClioSport Club Member
So you can use a private ebike at any speed you want, but not an e-scooter. Very strange law /thinking
This:
As long as it doesn’t have a throttle, pedal assist, and is limited to 15.5mph it’s legal.
Applies to e-bikes, unless of course you SVA it as a motorbike.

As for scooters.... such a corrupt move today.
Private ones that people will look after (since they own it!)= illegal.
Rental ones that get dumped all over the streets everywhere = legal.
 

Richard_UK

ClioSport Club Member
  Passat Tdi Sport
This:

Applies to e-bikes, unless of course you SVA it as a motorbike.

As for scooters.... such a corrupt move today.
Private ones that people will look after (since they own it!)= illegal.
Rental ones that get dumped all over the streets everywhere = legal.
Private ones = don't generate income for the gov
Rental ones = do generate income for the gov
 


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