A charity that we work with Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS) has published a new report: The safety of private e-scooters in the UK.
This independent report, funded by The Road Safety Trust, draws together research provided by project partners and casualty data for Great Britain in 2021. The data shows at least 900 casualties, including11 fatalities. It considers how legalisation is developing in mainland Europe and presents recommendations for how e-scooters could be regulated should the UK Government choose to legalise their use.
Although legislation, according to PACTS, is still a least a year away. Therefore they recommend that DfT:
- take immediate action to address dangerous and illegal private e-scooter use;
- publish the data from the trials and undertake a thorough public consultation before making any decision on the legalisation of e-scooters;
- commission or undertake further research; and
- If the government decides to legalise use of private scooters, it should adopt regulations for safe construction and use as set out by PACTS.
If you would like the chance to pose questions to some of the project partners and hear more about the report/conclusions, you can join a webinar on Thursday 24th March at 11am. Registration is free. Sign up here.
Download the report here: PACTS The safety of private e-scooters in the UK – Final Report
Updated on: 21 March 2022