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"An e-scooter is classed the same as a motor vehicle"
said Chief Inspector Emma Bullock, Head of Roads Policing at Essex Police.
"It is illegal to use a motor vehicle without the appropriate licence or insurance.
"As it is not possible to get insurance for private e-scooters, that means it is illegal to use them in a public place.
"It’s really important to emphasise that if you’re not hiring an e-scooter from SPIN as part of the council pilot scheme, and using it within the 6 areas which are part of the scheme, you’ll be breaking the law.
"Safety is really important too, and we will take action against anyone breaking the law. That could mean not only seizing the e-scooter but it may also mean prosecution for using a motor vehicle and not having insurance or the appropriate licence."