AS THE Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, it is my duty to ensure the safety and security of our communities.

Since being elected in May 2021, the public have persistently told me they want the police to do more to crack down on e-scooters. 

There is no doubt that in recent years the rise in popularity of electric two-wheeled vehicles has presented new challenges for police.

While they offer an environmentally friendly option for short, quick trips for some, they have also become a source of concern due to their illegal use.

Too often we see people on privately owned e-scooters riding dangerously on roads and pavements, breaking the law, being involved in anti-social behaviour and putting other road users and pedestrians at risk.

I have continually shared the feedback from the public with the police on this matter and pushed for the Constabulary to find legislation which can be used to crack down on this ever growing problem, which is clearly so key to communities across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

In February, those calls were answered.

The force enhanced its powers and used existing legislation that gives them the option to destroy any e-scooter or e-motorcycle that is being used in crime.

This decision may seem drastic to some, but it is a necessary step in ensuring public safety and enforcing the law.

By implementing measures such as crushing illegally operated e-scooters, the police are sending a clear message that such behaviour will not be tolerated.

This approach is not about punishing individuals arbitrarily; rather, it is about upholding the rule of law and protecting communities.

Those who choose to disregard it must face consequences, and crushing illegal e-scooters serves as a deterrent to others who may consider engaging in similar behaviour.

Moreover, this initiative aligns with my broader efforts to promote road safety and tackle anti-social behaviour.

By removing illegally operated e-scooters from circulation, the force is mitigating the risk of collisions and ensuring that our streets are safer for everyone.

I understand that some may have concerns about the environmental impact of destroying e-scooters.

However, it is essential to emphasise that my primary concern is public safety.  The message is clear for those who choose to operate them illegally, there will be consequences.

As Commissioner, it was imperative for me represent your views to the force and take firm action to address this issue.