Residents are divided after police confiscated a "recklessly" driven e-scooter, sparking debate over their use on public roads.

Sussex Police seized an e-scooter in Worthing after it was spotted being ridden dangerously in the road on July 15.

According to the police, e-scooters are classified as motor vehicles and therefore must adhere to the same legal requirements as any other motor vehicle when used on roads, pavements, or public places.

Residents responded to the police on Facebook, with some commending the police for tackling "these terrors" while others called for the law to be relaxed.

The government is running trials of electric scooters in certain cities and towns including Bournemouth, Cambridge and Liverpool. 

There are no Sussex areas currently on the trial.

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One commenter applauded the police for their actions, expressing their relief that there are fewer of these "terrors" on the roads.

"More needs to be done about these idiots," said another. 

"There are far too many riding like fools. Somebody is going to end up smashed up by a vehicle."

Another resident said: "Most people ride electric bikes sensibly but a high percentage of e-scooter riders act like total plonkers."

The Argus: A police officer talks to an e-scooter rider

On the other hand, there were those who didn't see the problem with e-scooters as long as people used them sensibly.

"Totally get if you’re acting a plonker," said one commenter. "But, like many, I can’t see a problem if people are sensible." 

Another commenter highlighted the ambiguity surrounding the use of e-scooters, pointing out that while they are not allowed on public streets, they can be rented in certain cities.

She said: "The government should be relaxing the law on these. 

"They are such a good way to get around and I would use them more than a car to get around locally."

Earlier this week, The Argus reported that Brighton's Kemptown MP is supportive of an e-scooter hire scheme in Brighton and Hove.

While acknowledging safety concerns, Lloyd Russell-Moyle believes a hire scheme would address these issues.

He emphasised the need for regulations, such as long-term hire schemes and docking stations, to ensure the safe usage of e-scooters.