Electronic scooters, or e-scooters as they are better known, are becoming increasingly popular across the UK, with people keen to get around more congested areas in a green and affordable way.
But, the number of accidents involving e-scooters has increased alongside their popularity. Just last month saw the news of a young woman who died in a collision with a lorry in London. The woman had been using the scooter to commute through the busy streets of the capital without a helmet, and isn’t the only victim to hit the headlines.
Since e-scooters (also defined as Personal Light Electric Vehicles, or PLEVs) are only legal to ride on private land, it’s time for a fresh look at legislation. While PLEV use is increasing, including on the roads and pavements where they are currently illegal, we would urge the Government to take a look at current legislation to ensure it is fit for purpose to maximise the safety of road users, as you would expect it to with any change in transport technology.
Overall, e-scooters have the potential to provide an attractive solution to common urban mobility problems: they are cheap to run, reduce congestion levels and allow us to move away from using traditional fuels which have severe environmental implications. They also allow greater access to transport, especially in cities where it can be expensive and awkward to move around. However, before they are legally allowed on our roads a regulatory safety standard is needed.
Nick Lloyd, acting head of road safety
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Posted: 8/21/2019 3:35:12 PM