Topical issues

E-Scooters – Know the Law

Due to an increasing number of reports of concerns and ASB linked to the use of e-scooters, the Council and Kent Police have prepared the following advice. Whilst using an e-scooter may be an efficient and environmentally friendly way to travel, it is against the law to ride an e-scooter on public roads, in cycle lanes and on pavements.

What you need to know

Currently, e-scooters are classed as Personal Light Electric Vehicles, which means they are treated as motor vehicles and are subject to the same legal requirements, such as a driving licence, insurance, number plates, lighting, road tax, crash helmets etc. Without these, e-scooters cannot be used legally other than on private land, with the owner’s consent.

It’s a Police priority to keep you and other road users and pedestrians safe. If someone is caught by Kent Police repeatedly using an e-scooter illegally or in a way that causes a nuisance, police officers are obliged to take action and whilst the preference is to educate people to obey the law, they may use powers to seize the e-scooter under s.59 Police Reform Act or s.165 Road Traffic Act.

Personal fraud and how to prevent it (Scams)

Fraud is when a person lies to you, or ‘scams’ you, to gain an advantage, such as taking your money or learning private information about you. This could be via email, text, phone or in person, either on the street or on your doorstep. Unfortunately, during the Covid-19 period, there has been an increase in the number of scams, with those involved changing their tactics and becoming more persuasive and creative in their approaches.

Some adults may be especially vulnerable to fraud and financial abuse. If you’re concerned about someone you know, contact Kent County Council’s Adult Social Care.

With a little knowledge you can protect yourself from fraudsters too. For more information and help and to report fraud, go to Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud and cybercrime reporting centre.

Ten golden rules to prevent fraud

Remember these ten golden rules to help you prevent fraud and beat the scammers.

  1. Be suspicious of all ‘too good to be true’ offers and deals. There are no guaranteed get-rich-quick schemes.
  2. Don’t agree to offers or deals immediately. Insist on time to get independent or legal advice before making a decision.
  3. Don’t hand over money or sign anything until you’ve checked someone’s credentials and their company’s.
  4. Never send money to anyone you don’t know or trust, whether in the UK or abroad, or use methods of payment you’re not comfortable with.
  5. Never give banking or personal details to anyone you don’t know or trust. This information is valuable so make sure you protect it.
  6. Always log on to a website directly rather than clicking on links in an email.
  7. Don’t just rely on glowing testimonials. Find solid, independent evidence of a company’s success.
  8. Always get independent or legal advice if an offer involves money, time or commitment.
  9. If you spot a scam or have been scammed, report it and get help.
  10. Don’t be embarrassed about reporting a scam. Because the scammers are cunning and clever there’s no shame in being deceived. By reporting it, you'll make it more difficult for them to deceive others.

Get help or report a scam

If you think you’ve uncovered a scam, been targeted by a scam or fallen victim to fraudsters, contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or at Action Fraud.

Call Kent Police on 101 if you know the suspect or they’re still in the area.

Reporting crime, including fraud, is important. If you don’t tell the authorities, how do they know it’s happened and how can they do anything about it?

Remember that if you’re a victim of a scam or an attempted scam, however minor, there may be hundreds or thousands of others in a similar position. Your information may form part of one big jigsaw and be vital to completing the picture.