Major high street and online retailers are actively  promoting the sale of e-scooters owing to their growing popularity,so it is probably no surprise to learn that it is completely legal to purchase one.
However, crucially, privately owned e-scooters are restricted for use solely on private land with the permission of the landowner.  It is illegal to use a privately owned e-scooter on pavements, cycle paths or roads at present unless the correct MOT, tax and insurance has been obtained.

Under current UK  law, e-scooters are treated in the same way as motor vehicles, so pavements and cycle paths are strictly off limits  In turn, for road use, they would have to meet the same requirements as  cars and motorbikes.
You may have noted that some trials are taking place in several areas of the country, including Oxford, where members of the public are able to hire and ride a rented e-scooter.  For further information on government e-scooter trials go to: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/e-scooter-trials-guidance-for-users
If you have an e-scooter please make sure that you stay within the law when using it!
Message Sent By
Christine Lyle (Police, Neighbourhood Admin, West Oxfordshire)
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