A road safety charity is calling for the Government to drive down injuries on UK roads caused by e-scooters.
The plea comes from IAM RoadSmart after the Department for Transport’s (DfT) latest findings in ‘Reported Road casualties Great Britain, annual report: 2020’ revealed there were 484 casualties involving e-scooters, of which one person was killed, 128 were seriously injured and 355 slightly injured.
E-scooter firms were given the green light to start trials on UK streets in July 2020, sparking a surge in e-scooter usage. This decision was made in light of COVID-19 and social distancing regulations, which meant people needed to get around without resorting to buses and trains.
However, the results of the pilot schemes have been delayed meaning a full review of the status of this new form of transport is yet to be established.
“By delaying yet again the results of the pilot schemes we have another Christmas looming where people will be buying and using a totally unregulated form of transport in the UK,” said Neil Greig, Director of Policy and Research at IAM RoadSmart.