Police Scotland have reminded the public that it is illegal to use e-scooters in public places after Scotland’s First Minister was pictured riding one during a campaign visit to Troon on Sunday. (Her efforts also triggered a couple of excruciating “independent Scootland” headlines.)
The Courier reports that Nicola Sturgeon gave a Pure e-scooter a try while campaigning alongside SNP candidate for Ayr, Prestwick and Troon, Siobhian Brown.
The party’s manifesto promises a "green transport revolution" which will involve providing free bikes to all children of school age who cannot afford one, removing the majority of fossil fuel powered public buses by 2023 and creating a more affordable railway network.
However, while the UK Government has changed road traffic laws to allow trials of e-scooters, there are currently none underway in Scotland, so using one in a public place is technically illegal.
Police Scotland commented: “The UK Government introduced legislation trialling the use of e-scooters, through local authorities, for a period of 12 months via approved rental companies.
“There are currently no such rental schemes operating in Scotland and private use of e-scooters in a public place is not legal.”