IAM ROADSMART WARNS ABOUT THE DANGERS OF INCREASING E-SCOOTER USAGE | Federation Internationale de l'Automobile

IAM ROADSMART WARNS ABOUT THE DANGERS OF INCREASING E-SCOOTER USAGE

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26.02.20

On 31 January 2020, IAM RoadSmart issued a statement warning that the rise in the use of electric scooters alongside vehicles on our roads and pedestrians on our pavements is bad news for road safety.

After last March the UK’s Department for Transport promised a far-reaching regulatory review to clarify the law around the use of e-scooters, now the UK’s Government seems in favour of legalising the use of e-scooters to encourage green transportation.

However, IAM RoadSmart believes that e-scooters and their increasing popularity will lead to many people riding them on public roads alongside bigger and faster vehicles – and will put individuals, including the scooter users themselves, in great danger. While welcoming a long-term approach to transport planning by the government, IAM Road Smart believes new modes of transport need dedicated routes to be truly safe. It also added that there is an urgent need for users of e-scooters to embark on some level of basic rider training and awareness before they start.

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