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E-scooter carnage must end

The long-running road safety problem created by current UK E-scooter policy received another broadside last month, when IAM RoadSmart told the government that “E-scooter carnage must end”.

The road safety organisation was responding to the latest 2021 accident figures from the Department for Transport, which showed 1434 casualties involving E-scooters, in which 10 people were killed, 421 were seriously injured and 1003 were slightly injured. That death figure is up from just one recorded for 2020, with just 484 casualties recorded overall that year.

IAM refers to the 2021 death figure as a shocking 900% increase, though it seems to ignore the extensive Covid lockdowns in 2020 and the statistical anomalies presented when comparing percentage increases in very small numbers. Nevertheless, the charity is clearly accurate when it points out the current stasis in UK government policy over regulation of battery-powered urban mobility tools.

Neil Greig, director of policy and research at IAM RoadSmart, commented: “The E-scooter carnage must stop. A tenfold increase in deaths related to E-scooters in just one year is utterly unacceptable and the continued delay in regulating these machines is costing lives and causing misery on our city roads every day.

“IAM RoadSmart calls on the new Transport Secretary, Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP, to make road safety the number one deliverable for her department in the coming months by introducing the long-awaited Transport Bill to regulate E-scooters for the first time.”


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