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It’s true that there are some limited rental schemes being trialled around the country. But privately owned and operated e-scooters are illegal to use on road, pavements and other public spaces. And in case you are thinking that they are not allowed on Britain’s roads and pavements because the fuddy duddies at the Department of Transport haven’t bothered to update the Highways Act 1835; think again. No one can deny that they are fun to ride and get you from A to B quickly. But “quickly” does not mean “safely” or without other risks. So here are our top 10 things to think about before you buy an e-scooter.