POLICE have seized five illegal e-scooters in Worcestershire in just two weeks. 

Officers seized the scooters across the south of the county, including in Worcester and Evesham, over the last fortnight.

A spokesperson for West Mercia Police said, within the policing area, there is only one e-scooter trial, based in Redditch.

They added: "Therefore, unless part of this loan scheme e-scooters can only be used on private land with the permission of the landowner.

Although e-scooters are available to buy they are currently illegal to use on public roads, pavements, cycle lanes and pedestrian-only areas.

E-scooters are currently classed as Personal Light Electric Vehicles (PLEVs) by the Government and fall under the same laws and regulations that apply to all motor vehicles. Users would need to Register, Tax, Insure and MOT these as well as requiring a driving licence. 

There is no mechanism in place now to obtain any of these for e-scooters, this makes their use in public areas illegal."