Advice On The Use Of Motorised Vehicles

We have recently received complaints about inappropriate use of motorised scooters and have been asked by residents to clarify whether they are legally allowed to be ridden on the public highway (including the road and pavements).
Electric scooters, go-peds, mini motos, hoverboards or Segways
These are all examples of vehicles that may be considered in legal terms to be motor vehicles and are therefore subject to all the usual legal requirements that apply to cars or motorcycles e.g. tax, insurance, registration and licensing and driver licensing. They cannot therefore be used on a road unless they conform to the law and many such vehicles will never be ‘road legal’ as their design fails to meet UK or EC road vehicle standards. Furthermore, such vehicles cannot legally be used on the pavement either, in fact the only place they can be used is on private land with the landowner’s permission.

Some people think that because such vehicles are small they are toys and therefore the law doesn’t apply but the legislation does not exempt ‘toys’ and the physical size of the vehicle is no great indicator of whether it’s a child’s toy.

If such vehicles are used on the road/pavement by young people, not only may the rider be committing a number of offences but their parents may also face prosecution for aiding and abetting or permitting the offences.
Electrically assisted pedal cycles
Electrically assisted pedal cycles that meet the requirements of the Electrically Assisted Pedal Cycles Regulations 1983 can be driven on the road and don’t need to be taxed, registered, insured and the rider won’t need a driving licence but they must be at least 14 years of age. The main requirements listed in the Regulations are that:

  • the bike must have pedals that can be used to propel it
  • the electric motor shouldn’t be able to propel the bike when it’s travelling more than 15.5 mph
  • the bike (including its battery but not the rider) must not be heavier than 40 kilograms (kg) if it’s a bicycle, or 60kg if it’s a tandem or tricycle
  • the motor shouldn’t have a maximum power output of more than 250 watts
  • the bike must have a plate showing the manufacturer, the nominal voltage of the battery, and the motor’s power output
    Vehicles that don’t meet the requirements of the Regulations are not Electrically Assisted Pedal Cycles will therefore need to be taxed, registered, insured and the rider will require a license. The vehicle will also have to comply with type approval requirements. If you are considering buying such a vehicle we would suggest you only buy from a reputable dealer who is able to provide you with the relevant assurances that the vehicle is a proper electrically assisted pedal cycle.

Anyone who has any further questions relating to the use of these vehicles


Alert – Fake Tv Licensing Emails

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Action Fraud has received more than 5,000 reports about fake emails
and texts purporting to be from TV Licensing. The messages contain links to genuine-looking websites that are designed to steal personal and financial information. 

Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information in case it’s a scam. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text.

For more information about how to stay safe online, visit


Roadworks & events bulletin 1st – 15th January 2019

A little earlier due to the Christmas holidays, please find attached the road works bulletin, detailing works and events that are due to start between 1st – 15th January 2019.

Just a reminder that these works only include works that are due to start between (1st – 15th January) and longer term works that are still in progress will have been included on previous reports. Alternatively please refer to  which will include details on emergency road works.

Weekly Policing Update – Somersham District 28th December 2018 to 3rd January 2019

Happy New Year, everyone! Let’s hope that 2019 is a good year for all of us.

Meanwhile, here is our weekly summary of offences and incidents affecting your community, reported to police during the period 28th December to 3rd January:

B1040 St Ives Road – Police received a report of four horses loose on St Ives Road, Somersham, in the early hours of Sunday 30th December, causing a hazard to motorists in the dark. A patrol was dispatched and officers were able to locate the animals and return them to their owner. (Ref CC-30122018-0059)

Chatteris Road, Somersham – Police searched along Chatteris Road, Somersham, on Tuesday afternoon, 1st January, following a report of suspected hare-coursers in a white pick-up seen driving around on fields in the area. The vehicle was last seen returning onto Chatteris Road but officers were unfortunately unable to locate it. (Ref CC-01012019-0393)

B1040 St Ives Road – Police were called to a collision between two cars on the B1040 St Ives Road at the junction with Bluntisham Heath Road on Wednesday evening, 2nd January. The car reported to be responsible for the collision failed to stop, leaving the other vehicle immobilised and requiring recovery services to tow it away. Fortunately no-one was reported to have been hurt in the incident. (Ref CC-02012019-0347)

Somersham Road, Colne – Police are investigating a break-in and burglary at a house on Somersham Road, Colne, that happened on Thursday afternoon, 3rd January, whilst the owners were absent for a few hours. Intruders entered through a back door at the house, then carried out a thorough search of several rooms. Nothing is believed to have been taken from the house, however a car left parked outside was also entered and a quantity of cash was stolen from inside. (Ref 35/736/19)

Round-Up Of Last Fortnights Convictions

We hope you had a very merry Christmas and wish you a happy New Year.

Please find below a round-up of the last two week’s convictions relating to Cambridge. If you wish to see all news please visit the news section on our website

A man who armed himself with a knife and confronted a group of workmen in Cambridge has been ordered to complete a period of rehabilitation. Neil Rumbelow, 35, of Short Street in Cambridge, was arrested on 13 August after having an altercation in Walnut Tree Avenue. The group of construction workers were carrying out repairs when Rumbelow approached them, seemingly agitated. He left and returned a short while later with a knife in his waistband, showing it to the workers, wanting to have a fight. Read more at

A man who stole Christmas presents worth about £400 from a home in Cambridge will be spending Christmas Day in prison. On Monday, 10 December, Thomas Pawlak, 32, of Hemingford Road in Cambridge, was arrested by officers as part of a week-long operation to tackle burglary in the south of Cambridgeshire. Two days earlier Pawlak entered a home in Hobart Way and left with the wrapped presents. He was identified by the victim as being responsible for the theft and brought into Parkside Police Station to be arrested. Read more at:

A man who sexually assaulted two girls at a squash club after telling them they were ‘stars of the future’ has been jailed. Adrian Shepherd, of Docwra Road, Papworth Everard, touched both girls sexually on 17 February last year. The 62-year-old approached the first girl, who was under the age of 16, at a squash court in Cambridge at just after 9am. Read more at:

A man who bit a relative’s nose after arguing about a food shop has been jailed for more than a year. Jason Driver, 39, was arguing with the victim, a woman in her 50s, at her home in Akeman Street, Cambridge, about items missing from their shopping list on 31 May. She left the property to let Driver calm down but he followed her outside where he continued to shout at her before biting her nose three times, causing minor injuries. Read more at:

Huge Haul Of Suspected Stolen Property


We are releasing photographs of thousands of items of property recovered as part of an investigation into a prolific crime gang.

We hope to reunite the items, which are believed to have come from crimes in Cambridgeshire and surrounding counties between 9 December 2016 and 9 January 2018, with their rightful owners.

Last month, the gang members were sentenced to a total of 71 years in jail. They had committed more than 200 burglaries, including nearly 100 in Cambridgeshire, costing victims more than £2 million pounds.

Gang members would mask their faces using balaclavas and smash or force open doors or windows in broad daylight. They would steal specific items, mainly high-powered BMWs and Audis, firearms, cash and jewellery, all of which they could dispose of through contacts.

Norfolk suffered a similar number of burglaries to Cambridgeshire while other offences took place in Suffolk, Essex and Bedfordshire.

The images can be viewed here

Those who believe an item belongs to them should email with their name, date and address of offence, crime number, exhibit number/album-photo ref of property, contact details, including email address, and any receipts/proof of purchase or photographs of items.

For more on the sentencing of the crime gang visit our website here