POLICE have slapped fines on EIGHT people committing offences on e-scooters in Minehead - in the first six days of the trial in the seaside town.

Several other people have been given tips on staying within the law.

Officers are also warning adults with driving licences not to register and then allow others to use the scooters.

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A spokesperson for Minehead and West Somerset Neighbourhood Policing said: "Since the launch of the ZIPP e-scooters on Saturday in Minehead, we have issued eight tickets to those we have seen committing offences, and we have given words of advice to several more.

"If parents or persons with a provisional or full licence are allowing others to use the scooters under their licence, please be aware this is not allowed and you are committing offences.

"ZIPP are able to identify who is using what scooter, and whose licence and photo were used to release it."

Under the rules of the ZIPP trial, the scooters can only be used in public areas, with 25 introduced at the start of the trial.

The e-scooters operate from 6.30am until 10.30pm, seven days a week, and can only be used by people over 16 with a provisional or full driving licence.

It costs £1 to unlock the e-scooter and 10p per minute thereafter using the Zipp Mobility App – https://apps.apple.com/ie/developer/zipp-mobility-limited/id1526255915.

The trial in Minehead will be geofenced, which means the e-scooters will only work inside permitted areas.

The neighbourhood policing spokesperson added: "Please remember if using a scooter, you must be on the road, not using a mobile phone and not under the influence of drugs or alcohol."