How safe is your e-scooter?

How safe is your e-scooter?

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Transport for London is asking the government to bring forward its review on riding electric scooters on public roads. Such vehicles can only legally be used on private land.

Earlier this year, the UK Department for Transport said it was planning to examine legislation and consider changes that could put e-scooters on the street for the first time.

TfL says it wants clarification around this and that it expects the government to ensure that safeguards are put in place, in particular speed limits. The agency points to the 12mph maximum in place in Germany.

A TV celebrity was the first British person to be killed on an e-scooter when she was hit by a truck in London last month, while a young boy in the capital suffered head injuries in the same week.

The police are stopping e-scooter riders using the roads, with the majority getting a warning. A number have been fined and had their two-wheelers seized for speeding and running red stop signs.

In the US, e-scooter service providers Lime and Bird have joined a safety advisory board aimed at helping the sector develop local regulations. The Public Policy & Safety Advisory Board convened for the first time last month to determine which initiatives to pursue. The board says it will focus on “increasing the safety of people riding slow-speed electric scooters in a car-centric world”.

There were 1,500 reported scooter-related injuries in the US in 2018.

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