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Road Traffic Offences: Electronic Vehicles

Volume 485: debated on Wednesday 10 December 2008

To ask the Solicitor-General what recent discussions she has had with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) on the prosecution of users of personal transporters on public highways; what guidance is used by the CPS on that matter; and how many such prosecutions have taken place. (240390)

I have had no recent discussions with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) on the prosecution of users of personal transporters, also known as self balancing scooters, on public highways.

However, I can confirm that the Department for Transport considers that powered personal transporters are subject to road traffic legislation and that the CPS has no specific guidance on prosecuting offences involving these vehicles.

Were the police to refer a case involving the use of one of these vehicles to the CPS, the matter would be reviewed in the same way as any other road traffic prosecution.

The CPS does not keep figures on the numbers of prosecutions that have been brought in relation to the use of these vehicles.