WILL E-SCOOTERS BECOME A THING OF THE PAST?

If you have visited a UK city within the past few months you will have most likely seen people driving e-scooters within pedestrian areas. The controversial form of transport remains illegal for much of the UK and their use in public areas is only permitted as part of a government backed trial in certain areas.

Although the law states that a driving license is needed to participate in a rental scheme, the use of electric scooters, especially by the teen population, has led to many concerns from the public. A new report by The Compensation Experts reveals the UK’s true perception of this new mode of transport.

Are the e-scooter trials working?

Many locations across the UK currently have shared e-scooter trials in place, but how do the residents of those areas feel after living with e-scooters for the past few weeks and months?

The report questioned residents in a handful of areas currently trialing e-scooters and asked residents if they felt they were safe or not, the results can be seen below:

Area

Operator of the trial

When the trial was Launched

How many residents do not feel that e-scooters are safe 

Newcastle

Neuron

16-Feb-21

38%

Norwich

Beryl

21-Sep-20

43%

Birmingham

Voi

10-Sep-20

49%

Southampton

Voi

18-Mar-21

51%

Bristol

Voi

29-Oct-20

53%

Nottingham

Wind

27-Oct-20

53%

Liverpool

Voi

06-Oct-20

55%

Electric scooter unease: Brits don’t feel safe

The average electric scooter can travel at a max speed of between 15-22mph[1] – a speed high enough to easily cause injury.

The report revealed that 64% of Brits agreed there should be a test before you can ride an e-scooter, alongside 70% who think there should be a speed limit for this new form of transport.

60% of respondents agreed that e-scooters will cause more accidents, whilst 38% of Brits think they will lead to an increase in crime.

While e-scooters rented legally as part of a trial can currently only be used in cycle lanes and roads, fearful Brits do not want this to change. 74% of respondents think e-scooters should stay off pedestrian paths, and over half (55%) said they would not feel safe walking down the high street with e-scooters.

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