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Thousands of unsafe e-bikes and e-scooters are being seized at UK ports

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Alex Bowden

Alex has been editor of ebiketips since 2021. He previously contributed news, reviews and more to and has also had a parallel (largely lapsed) career writing about cricket for various publications.


11 months 3 weeks ago

What all of this translates to is: 'Don't buy cheap Chinese crap'.  Especially not outside a brick & mortar store.  CE and national compliance markings mean less than nothing as the manufacturer just slaps these on.  Good luck with sueing Hebei Xiangcrap ltd back in China when things go pearshaped.  

11 months 4 weeks ago

Why, if Escooters aren't legal to use in a public place, are the able to be sold at all?  It just destroys any credible enforcement.  Still, given the last three prime ministers don't seem to give a stuff about obeying the law, sale of Escooters follows the standard set from the top.  

11 months 4 weeks ago

Only buy from a "reputable" retailer? The very fact that high street national chains are happy to sell e-scooters for illegal use, whilst hiding behind facile in-store disclaimers, says much about how reputable they are.

11 months 4 weeks ago

“Of course, people can keep themselves safe by only purchasing e-scooters from a reputable retailer, ensuring the vehicle comes with accompanying safety guidance and looking for the CE or UKCA mark.

Don't rely on those markings, the manufacturer 'self-certifies' that their product conforms to the standards.

11 months 4 weeks ago


Many lacked a fuse, meaning they had no means of cutting out in the event of a fault in the supply lead.


11 months 4 weeks ago

I'm glad to see that there is still some enforcement going on the UK and the authorities are not just writing to a letter to the offenders and hoping that that does the trick.