Trendy scooters injured 131 pedestrians over last year
E-scooter MENACE: Trendy electric two-wheelers injured 131 pedestrians over last year – including 14 people aged over 70 and 21 children under 10
- Thirty-seven of the casualties suffered injuries that were described as ‘serious’
- Road users injured in crashes with them include 36 cyclists and 32 in vehicles
- Fourteen casualties were aged 70 and above, while 17 were between 60 and 69
E-scooters injured 131 pedestrians in Britain over 12 months, according to new figures.
Thirty-seven of the casualties suffered injuries described by the Department for Transport as ‘serious’.
Other road users injured in e-scooter collisions in the year ending June include 36 cyclists and 32 vehicle occupants.
Fourteen casualties were aged 70 and above, while 17 were between 60 and 69. Twenty-one children under 10 were injured.
The figures also show that three e-scooter users were killed in crashes, and a further 729 were injured.
E-scooter rider Shakur Pinnock (pictured in hospital with his girlfriend Chanté Hoosang), 20, died in hospital in June, six days after he was involved in a crash with a car in Wolverhampton
E-scooter rider Shakur Pinnock, 20, died in hospital in June, six days after he was involved in a crash with a car in Wolverhampton.
Most rider casualties were aged under 30, including seven who were younger than 10.
Some older riders were also injured, including four aged 60-69 and one who was at least 70.
No other vehicle was involved in around a fifth of e-scooter accidents.
The figures do not distinguish between incidents involving e-scooters which were rented or privately owned.
Private e-scooters cannot legally be used in the UK except on private land, but are a common site on roads and pavements in urban areas.
Dozens of legalised e-scooter rental schemes have been launched in towns and cities across Britain since July 2020 as part of Government trials, despite long-running safety concerns about the devices.
Charity Guide Dogs has called for the sale of private high-speed e-scooters to be banned, and expressed fears that their use means some people with sight loss are being forced to change their route or completely avoid independent travel.
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