The Met’s approach to enforcement of private e-scooter use on public paths and highways

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 24th May 2022.

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Photo of Caroline Pidgeon Caroline Pidgeon Liberal Democrat

Can you clarify the approach the Met is taking to enforcement of private e-scooter use on public paths and highways in London.

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

The MPS approach to enforcement of private e-scooter use on public paths and highways in London has remained consistent since the introduction of Operation Hornet in 2019. As with other road traffic enforcement, the aim of Operation Hornet is to keep the public safe through proportionate policing. As a high number of users of e-scooters are children and young people who have not previously come to police attention, Operation Hornet involves engagement and education around the illegal use of e-scooters, with enforcement and seizure of e-scooters where there are aggravating factors present, such as anti-social behaviour, excess speed, drink driving or drug driving, or where there is evidence of their use in crime.