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    What's the current situation, do we think? I have noticed increasing numbers of idiots on various types of battery powered scooters and skateboards in South and central London in the morning and evening commutes. Some of them are pretty quick - in that they are doing a sustained 30+ mph, and have great acceleration. They are ridden through the traffic on the roads, in cycle lanes, and along the pavement. Sometimes the riders wear helmets and other protective gear, but often they don't. And these vehicles have no registration, or insurance or anything.

    Do you ride one?

    Do you see them?

    Are the police enforcing the law?

    Should the police enforce the law?

    Should these things be legal?

    Is there a meaning to life?

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    Great idea and a genuine solution to pollution in cities, but as usual there’s no infrastructure or allowance for these or ebikes or indeed normal bikes, I’d have one if I worked in the same local place every day

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    Pretty sure they're all currently illegal in the UK.
    On a trip to Israel recently I noted that they're massively popular and all the cool kid commuters seem to have them.

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    There was thread about them fairly recently. I'm seeing more and more of them and after talking to a guy who rides one, I wouldn't mind having one myself tbh. Clean and green and the riders are a lot less of a PITA than a lot of London cyclists.

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    Colleague just got back from the states - he said you can,t walk down the street without falling over them.
    I love the way some riders seem to exist in a different time/ space ( or think they do).

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    Illegal, motor vehicles (so they need insurance, etc), and don't conform to the regulations. Having said that, most policeman have better things to do than stop/chase you. Just don't upset people and you should be fine(ish). Unless you meet a really keen one, or a baby one trying to fill his quota of nicks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trogladyte View Post
    What's the current situation, do we think? I have noticed increasing numbers of idiots on various types of battery powered scooters and skateboards in South and central London in the morning and evening commutes. Some of them are pretty quick - in that they are doing a sustained 30+ mph, and have great acceleration. They are ridden through the traffic on the roads, in cycle lanes, and along the pavement. Sometimes the riders wear helmets and other protective gear, but often they don't. And these vehicles have no registration, or insurance or anything.

    Do you ride one?

    Do you see them?

    Are the police enforcing the law?

    Should the police enforce the law?

    Should these things be legal?

    Is there a meaning to life?
    Never seen one... But that's because i live in a small village

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cousin Jack View Post
    Illegal, motor vehicles (so they need insurance, etc), and don't conform to the regulations. Having said that, most policeman have better things to do than stop/chase you. Just don't upset people and you should be fine(ish).
    And if you happen to catch someone badly and it ends in a death, prepare to be vilified in the same way that kid on the brakeless race bike was when he killed that pedestrian.

    Would be nice if the law and the infrastructure was updated to make safe use of them, although it would also be nice if society just slowed down enough that people could actually walk to where they needed to be.

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    Must be easy to outlaw the use of them-you don't see Segways on the streets of Britain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whysub View Post
    Must be easy to outlaw the use of them-you don't see Segways on the streets of Britain.
    They are both outlawed. The difference is that Segways are big, heavy and expensive. Scoot are small, easily concealed and cheap as chips.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cousin Jack View Post
    easily concealed
    You aren't to shove one down your jeans, and it's a bit obvious that you're riding one...

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    Quote Originally Posted by moth View Post
    You aren't to shove one down your jeans, and it's a bit obvious that you're riding one...
    Yebut if you can stay 100 yards ahead, get to you car, pop it in the boot and Robert is your Mum's brother.

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    There are more and more each day, but i've never seen Police stopping any of them. The guy I spoke with who had one, had never been stopped, or heard of anyone being stopped either. I occasionally see plod stopping bikes, myself included, for going into the chevroned area in the embankment tunnel, but that's about the only traffic duties I've seen being performed in london. I expect they have much more important things to do than hound green transport?

    I'm deffo going to get one, but only if the price is right. I always like the idea of having backup transport and this would save me taxing and insuring another bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whysub View Post
    Must be easy to outlaw the use of them-you don't see Segways on the streets of Britain.
    The price tag of from 6,000 is probably the biggest reason you don't see them about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrlongbeard View Post
    The price tag of from 6,000 is probably the biggest reason you don't see them about.
    But you see groups of them in many major European cities. All but in the UK.

    Until someone gets injured/killed by one of them (riding or being hit by one) no one will say a word.

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