An elderly woman is in hospital with serious injuries after being struck by an electric unicycle.
The incident happened last Saturday, (May 11), at around 3pm, where a man reportedly lost control of the unicycle before it collided with a pedestrian, who is believed to be in her 90s.
Police are investigating the collision, and also what laws may have been broken with the the electric unicycle.
A police spokesperson said: ” Police are investigating an incident that took place in Teignmouth that has left an elderly woman with serious injuries. The incident took place on Wellington Street just after 3pm on Saturday May 11.
“It is believed that a man who was riding a mechanically propelled unicycle lost control, hit a kerb before colliding with a pedestrian; The pedestrian is an elderly lady who sustained serious injuries and remains in hospital.
“Enquiries continue in relation to this incident and officers have seized the unicycle as well and secure CCTV of the incident. The Roads Policing Team are now looking further into this matter, and are seeking clarity in relation to what legislation is available to us and what laws may have been broken in connection to this matter.”
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According to Surrey police, an electric cycle is a ‘mechanically propelled vehicle’, meaning anyone wishing to use them on the roads need to register with the DVLA, insure them, pay tax on them, hold a valid driving licence and wear a helmet.
Surrey’s Roads Policing Unit tweeted: “Illegal use of these devices could result in a prosecution for the rider and/or owner for numerous offences and the vehicle could be seized and disposed of.
“We wouldn’t want you spending your hard earned £££ for it all to be wasted.”
Government guidance says electrically powered vehicles – including hoverboards, Segways, electric unicycles, go-peds and U Wheels – are classed as motor vehicles, so need to be properly taxed and registered.
They also can’t be ridden on pavements at all.
However, registering your new gadget might also prove challenging as most of them don’t meet the DVLA’s construction standards, meaning the only place you can legally ride them could be on private land.
In practice, the police said they would use discretion in applying this law.
“But where we see such things being used dangerously or in an anti social way we will take them away,” they tweeted.
“People are often surprised and say they wouldn’t have bought one if they had know about the laws.”