Avanti West Coast has banned electric scooters at its stations and on its trains across its network following safety concerns.
The devices will no longer be allowed onboard Avanti West Coast trains or at its 16 managed stations because of the risk posed by the Lithium-ion batteries that typically power these devices.
Lithium-ion batteries can produce a vapour of toxic gases and lead to a fire or a risk of explosion, if damaged or overheated.
The intercity operator’s policy covers e-scooters and hoverboards only. Mobility scooters, electric wheelchairs and e-bikes are exempt from the ban.
Customers travelling with mobility scooters and electric wheelchairs are advised to contact Avanti West Coast’s Assisted Travel Team to arrange assistance for their journey.
“At Avanti West Coast the safety of our staff and customers comes first,” explained Dave Whitehouse, Safety and Security Director at Avanti West Coast. “The risks associated with e-scooters are a significant concern and are why we’re banning them at our stations and onboard our trains. This temporary ban is to preserve the safety of our colleagues and customers until there is greater regulation on e-scooters. We ask our customers to adhere to these new rules and be kind to our staff helping to enforce them, so we can keep everyone safe.”
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