Electric scooter experts demand laws are updated to make them ‘safe to ride’ and legal
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Halfords warns there has been a surge” in electric scooter sales in 2020 despite a national ban on private use. The firm has called on “new regulations” to ensure roads are safe and riders “behave responsibly” while using the new devices.
They warn the current national ban “does not offer” any protection for orders with many ignoring the rules and using the scooters anyway.
Matt Banks, Halfords e-mobility expert said: “We have seen a surge in the number of e-scooters purchased from Halfords in 2020 and, as the results suggest, this is a trend that shows little sign of slowing down.
“For those that have bought one, the best Christmas gift would be a clear framework and regulation that makes them safe to ride on the UK’s roads, which is why we have been calling for action on this over the last year.
“Any new regulations should deliver safer roads, and ensure that e-scooter road users behave responsibly and with care and attention.
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“The current blanket ban on e-scooters does not offer this.”
Research by Halfords has revealed over 70 percent of adults would consider using the new scooters for short journeys if they were legalised.
Over half of respondents also said they were eager to use the scooters for commuting short distances to work.
A total of 53 percent of respondents also claimed legalising e-scooters could help ease congestion in busy areas.
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The cross-party Transport Committee has already called for electric scooters to be legalised if some measures can be implemented for safety reasons.
They have also called for a regulatory framework for the legal use of scooters with enforcement measures in place to deter offenders.
The Committee says the tools should be legalised for use on public roads but should still be banned on pavements due to safety concerns.
Trial schemes currently require users to hold a provisional driving licence but the Transport Committee says this should not be a requirement if the scooters are legalised.
Orders will be encouraged, rather than specifically forced, to wear a helmet when using the scooters.
Trials are set to continue for 12 months before any decisions are made on the future of the scooters on UK roads.
Mr Banks adds: “If made legal, personal e-scooters could offer a number of benefits.
“They have the potential to offer a low-cost alternative to using public transport or cars– for shorter journeys in particular.
“They are a ready to ride solution and mean you can just pop on your helmet, jump on your scooter and go.”
“They take minutes to set up and are simple to ride and they are better for the environment, helping to ease congestion and address pollution problems.”
Huw Merriman, chairman of the Transport Commitee added: “E-scooters have the potential to become an exciting and ingenious way to navigate our streets and get from place to place.
“If this gets people out of the car, reducing congestion and exercising in the open air, then even better.”
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