Dartford Implements Ban on E-Scooters in Town Centre to Tackle Anti-Social Behavior and Ensure Public Safety

Dartford Implements Ban on E-Scooters in Town Centre to Tackle Anti-Social Behavior and Ensure Public Safety

Dartford Implements Ban on E-Scooters in Town Centre to Combat Anti-Social Behavior

In an effort to protect the town’s residents and businesses, Dartford has announced a renewed Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) that includes a ban on e-scooters in the town centre.

The ban will apply to all e-scooter users in the High Street, Market Place, and Lowfield Street, up to the junction with Market Street. Those caught violating the ban will face a fixed penalty notice of up to £100.

The decision to ban e-scooters is part of the town’s ongoing efforts to address various forms of anti-social behavior. The original PSPO was introduced in 2017 and continues to penalize actions such as littering, public urination, and acting in a threatening or distressing manner.

In addition to the ban on e-scooters, the PSPO also prohibits the consumption of alcohol and intoxicating substances in the restricted areas, with the exception of licensed premises.

Dartford Borough Council’s leader, Councillor Jeremy Kite, emphasized that the PSPO is not about generating revenue through fines, but rather about addressing concerns raised by the community.

He stated, “This PSPO is about responding to the things people tell us they care about, that make our town centre safer and better for everyone.” He also highlighted the potential dangers e-scooters pose to vulnerable individuals with sight or mobility issues.

The council’s priority is to maintain a safe and enjoyable environment for all, and this renewed PSPO is seen as a step towards achieving that goal.

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