Electric scooters blasted with more than four in five demanding ban

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Electric scooters not part of a Government-backed rental scheme are banned in public areas across the UK. It is illegal to ride an e-scooter outside of such trials on public roads, pavements, cycle lanes, and pedestrian-only areas. Now, a new Express.co.uk poll has found 87 percent think that they should be banned altogether.

Research by the National Accident Helpline found that from 2,000 Britons surveyed, two-thirds think electric scooters should not be used on public roads, and three-quarters think a driving licence and insurance should be a minimum requirement.

Commenting on the date, legal and compliance director at National Accident Helpline, Jonathan White, told Express.co.uk: “E-scooters are an increasingly important part of the UK’s transport portfolio. They are a good cheap form of transport which have significant environmental benefits. The reality though is they can be dangerous.

“Not only does the lack of regulation around private e-scooters cause concern but the silent nature of the vehicles means pedestrians crossing roads, are very vulnerable to accidents. Our survey shows that requirements for driving licences and insurance are key to restoring confidence.”

In response, Express.co.uk ran a poll from 9am on Sunday, March 26, to 11am on Wednesday, March 29, asking readers: “Should electric scooters be banned from public roads?”

A total, 1,447 people responded, with 87 percent (1265 people) answering, “yes” they should be banned, while 12 percent (172 people) said, “no” they should not. A further one percent (10 people) said they did not know.

In the comments left below the accompanying article, and on another Express.co.uk article, readers discussed the use of e-scooters.

Of those who argued that e-scooters should be banned, username billj39 wrote: “Commonsense tells you scooters are dangerous and simply not safe on the roads.”

Likewise, username Peregrine Falcon remarked that they “should be banned from the universe!”

Username tooold2care added: “If the public had been consulted and allowed to vote on the issue they would have been banned from day one.”

Meanwhile username preflight commented: “Banning is one thing. Enforcing the ban will be almost impossible.”

However, username BiRo suggested it isn’t the vehicles that are the issue, writing: “Nothing wrong with e-scooters – it is the inconsiderate riders that are the problem.”

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