Advice regarding E-Scooters
The following was copied from the Kent Police Website;
Electric scooter owners in Maidstone are reminded to comply with the law and be considerate of other road users.
The warning is issued after police community support officers seized an e-scooter from a child after he was seen riding it in a dangerous manner in Plains Avenue, on Wednesday 2 December 2020. The boy had been advised by the same officers regarding a similar incident a few days earlier. His parent was asked to attend the police station to retrieve it and they received guidance regarding their son's conduct.
Inspector Stephen Kent of Maidstone's Community Safety Unit said: 'In the town centre and surrounding housing estates we have been receiving reports of the antisocial and dangerous use of e-scooters.
'Owners should be aware that these currently fall under the same laws and regulations that apply to all motor vehicles. This means for use on a public road the user requires insurance, vehicle tax, a driving licence and registration.'
The use of e-scooters on pavements, in cycle lanes and in pedestrian-only areas is illegal and, in general, they should only be used on private land with the landowner’s permission.
Inspector Kent continued: 'Our officers will be stopping and giving words of advice to e-scooter users and will seize the equipment where offences have been committed. Where appropriate, persistent offenders or dangerous riders can be issued with a fixed penalty notice or receive a traffic offence report.'
The following is a summary copied from the .gov.uk website.
“Powered transporters” is a term used to cover a variety of novel and emerging personal transport devices which are powered by a motor, including e-scooters.
Given how powered transporters are motorised and designed, they fall within the legal definition of a “motor vehicle”. Therefore the laws that apply to motor vehicles apply to powered transporters.
It is illegal to use a powered transporter:
- on a public road without complying with a number of legal requirements, which potential users will find very difficult
- in spaces that are set aside for use by pedestrians, cyclists, and horse-riders; this includes on the pavement and in cycle lanes
Any person who uses a powered transporter on a public road or other prohibited space in breach of the law is committing a criminal offence and can be prosecuted.
It is legal to use a powered transporter:
- on private land with the permission of the land owner
Please specifically note the following;
“If the user of a powered transporter could meet these requirements, it might in principle be lawful for them to use public roads. However, it is likely that they will find it very difficult to comply with all of these requirements, meaning that it would be a criminal offence to use them on the road.”
The term “powered transporters” does not include electrically assisted pedal cycles (EAPCs), which have their own regulatory framework.
North Downs Walk 2021
Having been forced to cancel the Cancer Research UK North Downs’ Walk last year, for the first time in its 35 year history, the Rotary Club of the Weald of Kent is determined that it will go ahead on 8 August 2021 and is planning accordingly. They already have almost 100 walkers registered but would obviously like more. The walk has, in the past, raised over £500,000 for various charities and local causes. 50% of the sponsorship money raised by each walker can go towards their own chosen charity. For further information, please visit: North Downs Walk
Statement from Harrietsham Parish Council
Re-opening of the Play Area
21st July 2020
The play area is now open. People are being welcomed back and asked to adhere to social distancing rules in all areas.
All children’s play equipment has been maintained throughout lockdown and has been regularly inspected for safety.
People are being asked to maintain social distancing and, if a child has a high temperature, cough, or cold, to not allow them into the play area.
At busy times, the Parish Council would request that children’s time on play equipment be limited to 20 minutes, to allow other families to enjoy the facilities too. Therefore, if the play area is busy, parents are being asked to come back later.
There is be no food or drink allowed inside the play areas, until further notice.
Families are asked to use hand sanitiser or wash their hands before and after play to help keep the play areas clean for others.
Coronavirus COVID-19 Update
Please remember, we should all do everything possible to try to reduce the risk of infection, to slow down the transmission of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
There are simple things we can all do to reduce the risk of respiratory and other infections such as seasonal colds and flu such as:
- Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
If any residents have concerns regarding the Coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19), further information can be found on the NHS Coronavirus website.
Further information can also be found on the Kent County Council website
For up to date information you can follow Public Health England (PHE) on Twitter: @PHE_SouthEast
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