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E-scooter safety measures needed urgently

E-scooter safety measures are urgently needed as the number on our roads are set to increase dramatically.

Last year almost 900 people were injured in accidents involving e-scooters. Tragically, some of the injuries were catastrophic and even fatal.

As we prepare to see a dramatic increase in e-scooters on our roads, the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) has dedicated its annual Injury Prevention Week to e-scooter safety.

At the moment, e-scooters can only be ridden legally if they are part of rental schemes that have been set up in cities throughout the UK.

However, if the government goes ahead with its plans to legalise them outside of the rental scheme, there could be as many as 750,000 more e-scooters on our roads very soon.

In an effort to reduce the number of needless injuries, APIL is calling on the government to enforce a range of safety measures, including speed restrictions and making wearing a helmet compulsory.

John McQuater, head of litigation at Atherton Godfrey and president of APIL, commented: “Casualties in collisions reported to the police are up 181 percent in a year and we’ve not even had the potential influx of new e-scooters on the roads yet.

“These forward-thinking measures could go a long way to preventing needless, and sometimes life-changing injuries and deaths.

“This is not just about the riders, as a quarter of injuries involving e-scooters are suffered by pedestrians and other road users.

“E-scooters in the rental schemes are limited to a top speed of 12.5mph, this should be the same for privately owned ones. Measures also need to be in place to make sure that tampering with the e-scooters speed capability after purchase won’t be tolerated.

“Insurance also needs to be compulsory, so that those who are injured are able to gain access to compensation.”

APIL is also urging the government to impose a minimum age of 16, to tie in with the law for riding mopeds and to introduce a proficiency test if riders do not have a full or provisional driving licence.

John added: “Education and awareness about e-scooters also needs to be addressed as part of the driving test so that all road users are clear about safe passing distances and rights of way.”

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