Ipswich – Man charged with drink-driving on electric scooter
A man has been charged with drink-driving following an incident involving an e-scooter in Ipswich last week.
At around 1.50am on Monday 5 April, officers on patrol in Lindbergh Road spotted someone using an e-scooter in the street and followed them into Hilton Road, where they were stopped.
The man failed a roadside breath test and as a result was arrested and taken to Martlesham Police Investigation Centre for questioning.
Unal Gokbulut, aged 42, of Hilton Road, Ipswich, was subsequently charged with the following two offences:
- Drink-driving (having provided a sample of 70mg in 100ml of breath - twice the legal limit)
- Driving without insurance
He was released on bail to appear before Ipswich Magistrates’ Court on Friday 21 May.
Although you can legally buy an e-scooter in the UK, you cannot currently ride it on a public road, cycle lane or pavement. The only place it can be used is on private land.
E-scooters are treated as motor vehicles by the Department for Transport and are subject to the same legal requirement as other vehicles.
If caught riding an e-scooter in a public place, fines you could receive include:
- a fixed penalty notice for no insurance, with a £300 fine and six penalty points
- a fixed penalty notice for no driving licence, up to £100 fine and three to six penalty points
Other offences which might result in penalties (including arrest) include: riding on the footpath; using a mobile phone; riding through red lights; and drink/drug driving.
Further information about the use of e-scooters and other powered transporters can be found on the UK Government website here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/powered-transporters/information-sheet-guidance-on-powered-transporters