‘Death trap’ e-scooters could be legalised despite safety concerns

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A new report for the Centre for London is pushing the Government to change the driving laws to fully legalise e-scooters and make transport greener in the capital. The poll found at least two-thirds of car trips in London could be made by micomobility vehicles such as e-scooters and e-bikes in 20 minutes or less.

Currently, it is illegal to use an e-scooter unless it is part of a recognised trial scheme.

Riders can be issued a range of penalties for using their e-scooters depending on how dangerous they were using the tool.

Fines and penalty points are most likely to be issued but some riders may risk being disqualified from driving completely.

E-scooters could also be impounded which may deter road users from picking up sustainable transport.

Josh Cottell, Research Manager at the Centre for London said: “The shift to these emerging vehicles is already happening.

“But we need the Government to catch up and introduce policies which encourage safe ridership of e-scooters and e-bikes on our streets and ensures anyone who wants to use these vehicles is able to do so.”

The decision is set to cause outrage among ordinary road users and pedestrians who have felt the effects of e-scooters on the road.

Earlier this week, residents in Hull moaned about the new e-scooters with some claiming the tools were “an accident waiting to happen”.

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James Smart said: “These things are death traps, see loads now.

“Earphones in, on phones, jumping from pavement to road and visa versa to avoid traffic lights.”

Sue Garnett added: “An adult on one of these came speeding past me on the pavement and only just missed hitting my six-year-old grandson.

“No apology or anything. Just carried on going.”

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