An drunk uninsured driver with no licence who put a seat and lights on his e-scooter has been banned from driving.
Clinton Henry, of Boone Street, Lewisham, instructed cops he “didn’t know” he wanted a licence to experience the automobile. So he was charged with driving over the prescribed restrict, not in accordance with a licence and with out insurance coverage.
Police officers noticed the 28-year-old travelling at pace on Molesworth Street, Lewisham simply after midnight on Sunday, April 11.
The e-scooter pulled away from visitors lights and accelerated virtually immediately to round 30mph earlier than being stopped by police.
The rider admitted having no licence or insurance coverage, claiming he didn’t know they have been required for e-scooters.
He additionally refused to supply a roadside breath pattern and was arrested.
Henry later offered a breath specimen containing 77 micrograms of alcohol per 100ml of breath – the authorized restrict is 35 micrograms.
As nicely as being disqualified from driving for 17 months, he was fined £170 and ordered to pay £119 in prices and sufferer surcharge.
The scooter, which had no lights on and had a seat fitted, was additionally seized by police.
It was discovered to have a 5600W electrical motor, able to over 50mph and even had a horn and indicators fitted.
Mr Henry appeared at Bromley Magistrates’ Court on Monday, May 10, the place he pleaded responsible to all prices.
Sergeant Steve Wilson, from the Roads and Transport Policing Command, mentioned: “E-scooters stay unlawful on London’s roads and pavements however we all know there are nonetheless too many individuals failing to adjust to the legislation.
“This case ought to function a reminder that an e-scooter is a motorized vehicle, similar to a automobile.
“If you might be caught with one on a highway or pavement, it may influence in your common driving licence and result in a positive of £300 and 6 penalty factors.
“In this case, the rider was additionally over the authorized restrict for alcohol, creating additional danger not just for himself however for different highway customers.
“Ensuring the protection of the roads is on the coronary heart of all the pieces we do and we’ll proceed to proactively interact with e-scooter riders and implement the legislation the place mandatory.”
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