Electric scooters: Gaps in safety knowledge could leave road users with ‘serious injuries’

Electric scooters: Gaps in safety knowledge could leave road users with ‘serious injuries’

06/07/2021

TIER release the trailer for their electric scooter

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Specialists at the Major Trauma Group said safety concerns “must be addressed” before further progress is made in introducing schemes. They have called for a new “public education” campaign to ensure road users are aware of the possible safety risks.

Trevor Sterling, Chair of the Major Trauma Group said the rolly should “not be expedited” before more action is taken.

He said: “Whilst e-scooter technology is very exciting and will support the UK in our efforts to reduce carbon emissions, the rollout of these vehicles should not be expediated without effective public education while the risk to road users remains so high.

“Without proper understanding of the rules and regulations, e-scooter users risk severely injuring themselves, pedestrians or other road users.

“All serious safety concerns and lack of regulation must be addressed before the Government progresses with any additional trials in order to prevent further accidents.”

The comments come after a new poll from the Major Trauma Group found substantial gaps in safety knowledge in regards to electric scooters.

Less than one in four adults said they strongly or somewhat agreed they knew all the legal requirements for renting an e-scooter.

However, over half of the people in four cities where a trial is currently taking place said they knew the legal requirements. – (cuties?)

Experts at the Major Trauma Group say e-scooters have led to over 200 injuries through the trial process in 30 cities across the UK.

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Alongside this, 1,000 complaints against the new scooters have also been recorded.

However, despite the risks, the data shows a surge in demands for the new technology.

A total of 55 percent of 16-34-year-olds say renting electric scooters should be made much easier.

Demand was heist in areas where trials are not currently taking place such as Edinburgh, Cardiff and Plymouth.

The campaigners warn serious injury or death is possible if scooters are not used correctly.

E-scooters are currently banned on public roads and pavements unless they are being sued as part of an issue trial however many have been spotted using the devices anyway.

Road safety experts have warned of the possible dangers of e-scooters on the road and pushed for extra safety updates or changes to the Highway Code.

Motoring lawyer Nick freeman stressed electric scooters would be “extremely dangerous” and could lead to a number of “serious accidents”.

Last year he told Express.co.uk: “They are going to be extremely dangerous and there are going to be numerous serious accidents because people who use them inevitably will nip in and out.

“Motorists are not going to see them, it will be a huge challenge.

“These things are going to come quickly behind you. They are going to be in your blindspot.

“It will present an additional challenge to motorists in addition to the challenges they already face.”

He added: “It’s going to increase the number of accidents and there will be a lot more motorists prosecuted.”

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