POLICE are issuing a warning to e-scooter users following a car collision last week.

Officers with Essex Police are offering advice and warnings over the legality of e-scooters.

It comes after police were called to a collision in Witham between a car and an e-scooter.

Two young people on the e-scooter were both taken to hospital but are said to have not sustained life-threatening injuries.

Now Essex Police are reminding users that e-scooters cannot be insured.

It means they cannot be ridden on roads, pavements, footpaths, car parks or anywhere else the public has access.

It comes as Essex County Council are running a new e-scooter rental system in Basildon.

Further trails of the 'Spin' scheme are being earmarked in Braintree, Chelmsford and Colchester.

However, any e-scooter which is not part of this trial remains illegal to use other than on private land which must not be accessible to the public.

Chief Inspector Emma Bullock, Head of Roads Policing at Essex Police said: "An e-scooter is classed the same as a motor vehicle.

"It is illegal to use a motor vehicle without the appropriate licence or insurance.

"As it is not possible to get insurance for private e-scooters, that means it is illegal to use them in a public place.

"It’s really important to emphasise that if you’re not hiring an e-scooter from SPIN as part of the council pilot scheme, and using it within the 6 areas which are part of the scheme, you’ll be breaking the law.

"Safety is really important too, and we will take action against anyone breaking the law. That could mean not only seizing the e-scooter but it may also mean prosecution for using a motor vehicle and not having insurance or the appropriate licence."