PARENTS in Wrexham have been warned that a gadget set to top the Christmas best-sellers list is not legal for children.
Power-driven scooters known as Go-Peds or Buzzboards, which look like traditional skate-boards but have a petrol engine strapped to the back, are the latest craze to hit the shops and are expected to top the Christmas toy charts.
But Wrexham Police are warning parents that riders must be at least 16, and that it's unlawful to ride the vehicles on roads and footpaths. The scooters can only be used on private land.
The warning comes after an unnamed Wrexham shop was caught giving false information to a customer who wanted to buy one of the motorised scooters.
Senior trading standards officer Peter Brown said: 'We had a complaint from a member of the public. They had asked the shop whether the scooter could be used on the pavement and they were told it could. But we have checked with police and it can't.'
Sgt Jane Thomas, of the Eastern Traffic Division, has said parents must be careful when buying the scooters, which can cost anything up to £500.
'Road traffic offences will be committed if all the legal requirements are not met.
'This Christmas, many parents may consider buying this type of scooter for their children without being aware that they cannot be used on footpaths or roads.
'They must operate on private land. If used on a public road they need tax, an MOT, a number plate, suitable brakes and indicators, and if the vehicle is capable of more than 25mph, it must have a speedometer. The rider must wear a helmet, be at least 16, have a provisional or full driver's licence, have a least third-party insurance and have passed the Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) course.
Inspector Brian Robinson, from Wrexham Police, added: 'Buying these may seem like a good idea but the disappointment that children would suffer to learn that they cannot lawfully use these machines on a road or footpath would inevitably ruin many children's Christmas.'