Boy, 15, gets 6 points on future licence for riding scooter

Blanche Robertson
November 15, 2018

NZ isn't the only place grappling with speed concerns over the electric scooter craze - and it's landed one 15-year-old with six points on his licence before he's even got one. The court gave the teen six points, which will be applied to his licence once he is old enough to have one, according to Teesside Live.

"He appeared in court in October and he has been given 6 points which will be added to his driver's license when he is able to have one", the force said.

The coming of the age of the electric scooter is bringing some tedious administrative problems into the lives of their oblivious riders, what with the popular gadgets not allowed by law to be used on anything other than a private bit of land.

With Christmas approaching, Cleveland Police are warning parents against buying electric scooters as presents for their children.

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Local officer Mike Doherty explained: "Under the Road Traffic Act we can report the individual rider for not having insurance, a licence, a number plate, helmet and MOT for the scooter". In France electric scooters can be ridden on cycle lanes and the pavement, provided riders keep to a speed limit; in Germany pavement riding is legal up to 6km/h (nearly 4mph); and in Austria and Switzerland riders can bomb down cycle lanes and on roads at up to 25km/h.

The youngster appeared at Teesside Magistrates" youth court after being caught at what police have described as "high speeds'.

Cleveland Police have been working with Middlesbrough to clamp down on nuisance motorbikes in the area which have been, well, causing a nuisance.

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