E-scooter safety issues rev up
The Association of German Cities (DST) is calling for stricter safety regulations governing e-scooters following a number of accidents. The move echoes Transport for London’s request to the UK government to bring forward its review on riding electric scooters on public roads.
Last weekend in Germany, four e-scooter riders were badly injured in an accident in Cologne, while police were involved in a scuffle in Erfurt when they tackled a drunken scooter user. In Berlin, where there are some 5,000 e-scooters in play, there were 40 accidents in the first two months of two-wheel operation, with six people seriously injured.
The DST says electric scooters could be a useful addition to sustainable urban mobility but emphasised that road safety must be a top priority.
In May, Germany allowed e-scooters on cycle paths and roads, with their speed limited to 20kph.
In London, A TV celebrity was the first British person to be killed on an e-scooter last month, while a young boy suffered head injuries in the same week.
Brussels suffered its first e-scooter death in May, and a rider was killed by a truck in Paris in the following month.