Electric scooters fall within the definition of a motor vehicle under UK law. This means they are subject to laws requiring them to be built and used safely, including requirements for users to have insurance, driving licences, number plates, and helmets. It is illegal to ride electric scooters on the pavement and the road.
How the police enforce road traffic legislation is an operational matter for Chief Officers of police.
The Government has not made an assessment on the extent of prosecutions by the police when detecting the illegal use of an electric scooter.