Margaret River’s top cop has welcomed the news that Bird’s scooter scheme permit was this week cancelled by the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River. Although a great supporter of any initiatives that could cut down carbon emissions, officer-in-charge Sgt Simone Taplin said police not only acknowledged serious safety concerns, but also the feedback of an overwhelming number of residents. “We are happy to support the community and keep them safe and support what they want,” Sgt Taplin said. “Nobody wanted them (the scooters). “No one was using them appropriately and no one was following the guidelines.” Local police briefed councillors on their concerns last month after observing the scooter scheme in action since it started in March. In April, the Times questioned whether controls were in place to limit under-age users, speed limits, and the flouting of helmet use, which were conditions of the approval. Concerns raised by police included those points as well as scooters ridden by two users at once, and incidents involving scooters and other vehicles as well as pedestrians. “Police have observed antisocial behaviour, with the majority of instances involving youths riding dangerously on roads and footpaths, doing burnouts in the main street, and racing down the hills on to incoming traffic,” the report said. “(Another) example is two youths racing on footpaths on Fearn Avenue. “The reporting person filmed the youths riding on the footpath without helmets, doing skids and jumps, and they very nearly ran his wife over. “This was at 4.30pm and there were lots of children and pedestrians on the footpath.” Another incident involved teenagers allegedly charging players during junior soccer training. Sgt Taplin said one of the most worrying aspects of the scheme was the use of rental scooters by intoxicated punters. She said police had observed the scooters’ popularity among pub patrons, but the mix of alcohol and the fast-moving devices was a recipe for disaster. Teenagers had also told police credit cards allowed them to get around age restrictions, and moves by Bird to introduce the need for a photograph of the user wearing a helmet failed to ensure helmets would be worn. Sgt Taplin said there was nothing to say future proposals would face the same difficulties. The previous council report noted the Shire and police had struggled to get adequate responses from Bird. Sgt Taplin also said it was a very different situation when residents bought their own e-scooters, where compliance with the Road Traffic Act as well as common sense were more likely. Bird did not respond to Times inquiries before deadline.