In just seven days, police in London seized almost 500 e-scooters.

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In just seven days, police in London seized almost 500 e-scooters.

Last week, police in London seized hundreds of e-scooter riders’ equipment.

During “proactive patrols” throughout all boroughs, the Metropolitan Police said its officers seized 507 of the contraptions.

The enforcement action was prompted by a rise in the use of private e-scooters, which are only allowed to be used on private land in the UK.

“Private use of e-scooters on London roads remains illegal,” stated Chief Superintendent Simon Ovens.

“Riders who use e-scooters on public roads face penalties, points on their license, and e-scooter seizures if they continue to do so.”

Since July of last year, dozens of legalized e-scooter rental schemes have been introduced in urban locations around the United Kingdom as part of government testing.

A pilot program began earlier this month in portions of London.

E-scooters have long been associated with safety concerns.

Shakur Pinnock, a 20-year-old e-scooter rider, died in hospital on June 18, six days after colliding with a car in Wolverhampton.

He is thought to be the second e-scooter rider to die in a road accident in the United Kingdom.

Emily Hartridge, a YouTube sensation and TV presenter, died in Battersea, south London, in July 2019 after being hit by a vehicle while riding one of the devices.

In April, a three-year-old boy in Feltham, west London, was seriously injured after he was hit from behind by an e-scooter while strolling on the pavement with his grandmother.

Guide Dogs has advocated for a ban on the sale of private high-speed e-scooters, fearing that their use will drive some persons with sight loss to adjust their routes or shun independent travel altogether.

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