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You may be thinking of buying an electric scooter (e-scooter) for Christmas but did you know it’s illegal to ride a privately owned e-scooter on the road, pavement or in a public space? If you do then you risk receiving a large fine, points on your driving licence and your e-scooter could be seized.

Privately owned e-scooters can only be used on private land, with the permission of the landowner. This is because e-scooters are classed as motor vehicles in law. So, in theory, this means that you need an MOT, road tax and insurance to use one, however it isn’t currently possible to register e-scooters in this way.

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