Rider, 28, is first to be convicted of drink driving on an E-SCOOTER

Rider, 28, is first to be convicted of drink driving on an E-SCOOTER after he crashed into a moped while over the limit as he is fined over £3,000

  • Dmitry Gromov, 28, rode his e-scooter while drunk through the City of London 
  • He crashed into a moped injuring both the rider and the pillion passenger 
  • Using an e-scooter on any public space, road or pavement is against the law
  • He was banned from driving for 16 months and ordered to pay compensation 

A man believed to be the first person convicted of drink-driving on an electric scooter has been banned from driving for 16 months.

Dmitry Gromov, 28, rode his e-scooter while drunk and crashed into a moped injuring both the driver and pillion passenger.

He pleaded guilty to drink-driving and careless driving at London Wall in the City of London and must sacrifice his licence to drive any vehicles.

Dmitry Gromov, 28, was riding this Xiaomi Mi M365 e-scooter while drunk through central London on May 31, 2019 when he crashed into a moped injuring its rider and their pillion passenger 

Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard that the use of e-scooters on the road is illegal

The incident happened near London Wall in the City of London on May 31, 2019 

The 28-year-old, from Shoreditch, east London must also pay £3,367.96 in compensation to the two people injured, Westminster Magistrates Court ruled.

He drove the e-scooter one-and-a-half times over the limit on May 31, 2019 when the crash occurred and was found to have 134 mg of alcohol in 100 ml of blood. The legal limit is 80mg.

Gromov who studied in the UK but is originally from Moscow, was driving a Xaomi Mi M365, which cost around £300.

City of London Police Special Constable William Hamilton said: ‘There has recently been a steep rise in the use of electrically powered scooters on public roads.

‘These scooters are currently illegal to ride anywhere, other than on private land.

‘Not only did Gromov take the risk of riding an illegal vehicle on the road, he also put himself and others in danger by doing so under the influence of alcohol.

‘Gromov will now be disqualified from driving and has had to pay a hefty fine for his carelessness.

‘However, the consequences could have been much worse.

YouTube celebrity Emily Hartridge, pictured, became the first person in Britain to die while riding an e-scooter after she was killed in Battersea 

Police gathered evidence from the scene of the crash in July 2019

‘Whilst this incident happened in the summer, we are well aware many people will be visiting bars and pubs after work over the Christmas period.

‘Please make sure you plan a safe and legal route home – do not drink and drive.’

A City of London spokesperson said: ‘He pleaded guilty to drink-driving and careless driving. We believe this to be the first prosecution of its kind.’

City of London police and the Met have been clamping down on the use of e-scooters. Almost 100 people were caught illegally riding them in a single week last summer.

Youtuber and TV star Emily Hartridge, 35, died when her e-scooter collided with a lorry in Battersea last July.

Just a few days later, a teenage boy suffered serious head injuries after crashing his electric scooter into a bus stop in Beckenham.

Can you legally use an e-scooter on the road or on the pavement?

According to the Department of Transport, e-scooters are classed as ‘powered transporters’ and meet the legal definition of a ‘motor vehicle’. 

They must therefore meet a number of requirements in order to be used on the road, including having insurance and conforming to ‘technical standards.’

As they do not, they are considered illegal to use on roads in Britain. 

The Metropolitan Police has also said it is illegal to use e-scooters on the road and riders risk being fined or even having penalty points on their licence. 

Riders also risk having their e-scooters seized by police.

In May 2019, the Metropolitan Police ran an operation in London seizing e-scooters which were being illegally used on the city’s streets 

The Met has warned e-scooter users from riding their machines on the road

The Department of Transport said e-scooters are covered by the 1988 Road Traffic Act, which also includes Segways, hoverboards, go-peds (combustion engine-powered kick scooters), powered unicycles, and u-wheels’. 

The ban does not apply to electrically-assisted pedal bicycles.  

According to the Department of Transport: ‘For motor vehicles to use public roads lawfully, they must meet a number of different requirements. These include insurance; conformity with technical standards and standards of use; payment of vehicle tax, licensing, and registration; driver testing and licensing; and the use of relevant safety equipment.

‘If the user of a powered transporter could meet these requirements, it might in principle be lawful for them to use public roads. However, it is likely that they will find it very difficult to comply with all of these requirements, meaning that it would be a criminal offence to use them on the road.’ 

E-scooters are also banned from using pavements under the 1835 Highway Act. 

E-scooters can be used on private land with the landowner’s permission. 

 

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