E-scooters “need more safety features” – survey

A new survey of 2,000 people suggests that more would use e-scooters if more safety features were introduced.

More than 50 cities and towns across the country are trialling them, but while there is a belieft they reduce car usage, the survey for National Accident Helpline says there is significant concern around the safety of e-scooters on the road.

More than a third (35%) of people strongly believe that e-scooters are not safe on public roads and cause traffic accidents.

54% of those asked say they would be encouraged to use an e-scooter if there were either more safety rules in place (26%), specific lanes for e-scooters (25%), clear rules of usage (24%) and more awareness among drivers (19%).

There’s also confusion around who can use an e-scooter, age limits and driving licence status.

“Although e-scooters have become a more attractive transport option, many rental schemes have been put in place without adequate safety or enforcement measures,” said Jonathan White, Legal and Compliance Director.

“The accident rates are concerning and we’re calling on the government to introduce more robust enforcement and safety measures to protect all vulnerable road users – particularly as the Government has extended some trials across the UK until late 2022, while legalisation is weighed up.

“We’re also urging e-scooter users to be vigilant when riding them, wear a helmet at all times and keep a safe distance from other road users. It’s important that people are using them responsibly, to keep themselves and others safe.”

(Picture – National Accident Helpline)

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