Police crack down on illegal electric scooters and bicycles, arrest 38-year-old man and issue 20 summonses

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26th May 2024 – (Hong Kong) In a two-day operation codenamed “GoldenSun,” the Hong Kong Island Traffic Department and police officers from various districts took action against the illegal use of electric scooters and bicycles in the area. The operation, conducted from the 24th to the 25th of May, aimed to enforce the law regarding these vehicles. During the operation, law enforcement authorities apprehended a 38-year-old non-Chinese man who was riding an electric scooter on the road. He was arrested on suspicion of driving an unregistered vehicle, driving without a valid driver’s licence, using a vehicle without third-party insurance, and not wearing an approved protective helmet. The police also seized the electric scooter. The arrested individual has been granted bail pending further investigation and is required to report to the police by the end of May.

Additionally, the police issued a total of 20 summonses related to bicycle violations at accident-prone and problematic spots within the area. These violations included not having a rear red reflector, lacking an audible warning device, failing to comply with traffic signs or road markings, and disregarding traffic lights.

The police have expressed their commitment to continue taking enforcement actions in this regard. They have emphasised that electric scooters should not share the road with regular cars and should not be used on pedestrian walkways or bicycle lanes. The authorities have urged all cyclists to adhere to relevant traffic regulations to ensure their own safety as well as that of other road users.