MORE than a dozen people were hurt in electric scooter crashes last year, new figures have revealed.

Data from the Department for Transport has shown that 17 people across the county were recorded as having been involved in accidents with the vehicles in 2020.

It is believed that the figures relate largely to private use with it currently being illegal to ride e-scooters on public roads outside of Government-backed trials.

Across Britain, figures claim that 484 people were injured during the 460 crashes recorded by police involving e-scooters in 2020.

One person - an e-scooter rider - was killed and 128 were seriously injured.

Earlier this year a 19-year-old man died after the e-scooter he was riding collided with a car in Portsmouth.

He was taken to Southampton General Hospital but passed away days later.

Hampshire police has warned that those found to be illegally using e-scooters could be fined and given points on their license.

A Hampshire police spokesperson said: “We will engage with those using e-scooters to educate them on the requirements, they will then be issued with a formal warning.

“If they are seen illegally using an e-scooter again they could be issued with a fine, receive points on their licence and possibly have the scooter seized.

“If the E-scooter is being ridden in a careless or dangerous manner, or if it is being used in an anti-social manner it could also be seized under Section 59 of the Police reform Act 2002.

“E-scooters are a fairly new device, and with that come challenges around education on the license requirements, MOT, and tax needed to use them.

“Privately owned e-scooters can only be used on private land, with permission from the landowner.

“Some areas have been running government trials on rental e-scooters, if you’re over 16 and have a full or provisional driving licence then you can use these on public roads and cycle paths.”