A warning has been issued after reports of adults letting children ride on the e-scooters in Chester.
The e-scooters, provided by Ginger, have been in the city since December 21 as part of a 12-month trial to encourage greener ways of getting around in a bid to tackle climate change.
But while Cheshire West and Chester Council said residents have clocked up 3,776 journeys, there have also been concerns about youngsters using them.
Cabinet member for the climate emergency Cllr Matt Bryan said: “There were two reports of children riding with adults and one report of an adult passing the e-scooter to a child. The e-scooters aren’t toys, to hire and riding them requires a valid driving licence.
“There were also two reports of e-scooters being used for non-essential purposes, please remember we are under Covid restrictions at the moment and staying indoors except for very specific reasons.”
E-scooters are classed as a motor vehicle in law, with only people aged 18 or over and with a full or provisional driving licence allowed to use them.
They are also not permitted on pedestrian-only pavements.
Andy Jones, traffic management officer at Cheshire Constabulary, said: “Offences committed on e-scooters or in relation to the misuse of them can result in prosecution with punishments including substantial fines and penalty points on driving licences.“
The scooters are available at various parts of the town centre, with people needing to download the Ginger Shared Transport app to use them.
They cost £2 per 20 minutes of journey time and 50p per 10 minutes of pausing time.
They continue to charge their user until they are parked properly in a designated area and the ride is ended on the app.
Cllr Byran said that the trial has saved approximately 2,814kg of carbon dioxide, if those journeys had been done in a petrol or diesel car.
He said: “E-scooters offer a healthier, more environmentally friendly alternative to using the car for shorter journeys and will also help tackle air pollution.
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“We need to determine whether e-scooters are a viable part of a greener and healthier future for Chester, the early results are very encouraging.”
Ginger are managing the e-scooters in Chester and full details, FAQs and location maps for the Chester scheme are available on their website.
Further information can also be found on the council website at cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/escooter-rental