E-Scooter Police Crack-down - Legal Defence Fund

by Kayla Padilla

E-Scooter Police Crack-down - Legal Defence Fund

by Kayla Padilla
Kayla Padilla
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Kayla Padilla arrived in the UK five years ago, travelling from her native Canary Islands to finish her studies. Her passion is theatre production and, more recently, electric scooters.
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Latest: Sept. 10, 2021

E-Scooter Defence Fund - Update - September

After launching the ESDF in July, we successfully hit our funding target and raised over £11,000 with CrowdJustice. This will pay for the first phase of our legal campaign to challenge the basi…

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My name is Kayla Padilla, I am a 33-year-old service desk manager and have been living in London for five years.  I bought an e-scooter in 2018 after feeling unsafe using public transport late at night after work.

 After having my scooter impounded by the Police, I am being prosecuted for riding my scooter without insurance on a public road.  I face aggregated fines and charges of over £500 plus six penalty points on my driving licence. I have teamed up with a group of other scooter riders to challenge these prosecutions in court. 

We are working with Jonathan Black, partner at BSB Solicitors, and James Gray of 25 Bedford Row to consider mounting a  legal challenge to the current wave of prosecutions.  We are looking to raise £11,000 initially to cover legal costs. Once we achieve this, we will seek more funding to cover court costs and additional legal fees for the judicial review. 

We believe that the current police crack-down is both discriminatory and at odds with environmental policy.  Many e-scooters riders do not feel safe on public transport, especially late at night. Moreover, we believe that there is a potential legal argument that these prosecutions / fixed penalty notices are both unfair and disproportionate.

Through challenging a selection of these prosecutions, we hope to deliver a re-evaluation of the approach to prosecuting riders of e-scooters.  Ultimately we want to see a more suitable regulatory framework introduced to allow us to use e-scooters legally.  

In the interim, we suggest that existing regulations covering the use of bicycles could be used by Police to encourage the safe use of e-scooters.  We believe this would result in a reduction of anti-social behaviour and serious injury linked to e-scooters. 

Our next step will be to consider the viability of and prepare for a judicial review to challenge the legality of the prosecutions.

Please give what you can - your support is extremely important to us and the community of e-scooter riders.  Thank you for taking an interest!

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Kayla Padilla

Sept. 10, 2021

E-Scooter Defence Fund - Update - September

After launching the ESDF in July, we successfully hit our funding target and raised over £11,000 with CrowdJustice. This will pay for the first phase of our legal campaign to challenge the basis of the Police crackdown on private e-scooter riders.

Identifying the Problem:

The Police crackdown has been the catalyst for a considerable amount of media attention on e-scooter use.  Much of this coverage has been subject to negative bias which has been largely unchecked.  Unfortunately, the negative framing of e-scooters in the UK has informed Government decision making.  Off the record, Department for Transport representatives have confirmed that the trials will be extended at least until mid-2022 with no chance of regulatory change until 2023. 

More worryingly, private e-scooter riders are perceived by the DfT to be 'the problem'. The uncomfortable truth is that most law abiding, responsible e-scooter riders have been forced back into cars and other alternatives as they feel unable to risk their driving licences.  However, many people simply do not have access to these alternatives due to working unsociable hours or social economic concerns.  Also, many younger people are disillusioned with what they perceive to be an unjust and discriminatory use of the law.  These groups of people therefore chose to ignore the law, thereby setting a dangerous precedent. 

The Police crackdown has indirectly targeted the following groups:

  • Low paid workers including many key workers
  • The unemployed
  • Shift workers with unsociable hours
  • Ethnic and immigrant minorities who are disproportionately represented in the above categories.
  • Young people
  • Disability groups who use e-scooters as mobility aids

Our conversation with the DfT revealed that the Government will not consider legalising the use of e-scooters until such a time that the public perception problem is solved.  This especially applies to private scooter use.  Therefore, the primary goal of the ESDF and any other pressure group advocating for PLEV regulation, must be to inform and educate the public who have been subjected to a well-funded and organised smear campaign against the introduction of e-scooters and micromobility. In short, we need to start winning the PR war. 

Progress so Far:

Since reaching our funding goal, we have been busy laying the foundations for the ESDF to ensure that it represents all stakeholders. We are hoping to team up with Ridables and other pressure groups to ensure a coupling of effort and consistent messaging. Building a campaign team has also been a priority so we can cover more ground as we enter the second phase.

BSB Solicitors is now working on strategy with us and building a case against the crackdown. We anticipate that this process will take us through September and we hope to present the results of this soon after. Once we are clear on what the likely outcome will be should we proceed through the courts, we will focus the campaign accordingly.

What Can You Do?

If you have been the victim of the crackdown, we would like to hear from you.  Please send a brief email to contact@esdf.co.uk with the following information:

  • Name, Date of Birth, Occupation
  • Location and date of alleged offence
  • Model of PLEV (e-scooter etc) you were riding
  • Description of offence and brief description of what happened
  • What have you been charged with and at what stage is the prosecution at

We are looking to recruit volunteers for the campaign team.  If you have any social media and promotion skills that you believe will be helpful, please get in touch with us!

Update 1

Kayla Padilla

Aug. 10, 2021

Deadline is Friday! We need your help.

It has been an eye-opening campaign and the Police are showing no signs of relenting their pressure on the use of private e-scooters.   We have until Friday lunchtime to make our £11k target.  If we miss this, we are back to square one.


Please help us if you can.  If you are not able to donate personally, please share the page with your friends who may not have seen it.  If you care about this, please spend five minutes posting the link to CrowdJustice as far and wide as possible!


We are pretty close now - let's not blow such a great opportunity to change our streets for the better!

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