Charity campaigners to deliver e-scooter petition

News / Fri 13th May 2022 pm31 01:32pm

A PETITION calling on politicians not to legalise the use of private e-scooters on public highways is being delivered to Downing Street reports the BBC.

Sarah Leadbetter, from Leicestershire, is one of those campaigning with the National Federation of the Blind UK (NFBUK).

The Department for Transport said it was engaging with vulnerable road user groups to help shape the regulations.

Last month the transport minister hinted approved models of e-scooters could be licensed for use on public roads.

But the NFBUK said e-scooters were not safe for pedestrians, especially those that are deaf, blind and visually impaired.

Ms Leadbetter, a campaigns officer for NFBUK, is visually impaired and uses a guide dog and white cane when she leaves the house.

She said: “I have been to a number of the e-scooter trial areas and I have not felt safe.

“I have also recently walked around my home city of Leicester where there is no e-scooter trial, however, I was shocked as there are many people using private e-scooters with no concern for mine or other pedestrians’ safety.

“If Grant Shapps legalises e-scooters, we can wave goodbye to our pavements.”

The petition calls for any law to legalise private e-scooters on public highways to be stopped and for an immediate ban on their sale.

It also calls for rental e-scooter trials – like the one in Nottingham – to be shut down.

The petition has the support of at least 35 organisations.

There are 31 areas across England currently taking part in a government trialwhere e-scooters can be legally rented and used on roads.

A DfT spokesperson said: “Safety will always be our top priority and we are constantly engaging with vulnerable road user groups to help shape the regulations, improve existing safety features and ensure trial areas have sufficient parking to avoid street clutter.”

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8 Comments for Charity campaigners to deliver e-scooter petition:

Alizon Paveley
2022-05-13 13:46:02

E- scooters are a menace, it's not just the adults that causing problems it's the children that are using them as well. No road safety sense, no protection & no lights or high vis at night. It is sheer luck that there are not more fatalities.

2022-05-13 16:38:41

Pavements are for walking on.

Daniel Long
2022-05-13 20:46:55

Don't get me started. The majority of those who ride these thing, have no thought or consideration for pedestrians. These dangerous things should not be allowed in town centres or even on pavements. Back in.March I was hit straight in the back by a inconsiderate rider of one these things. As Ray said, pavements are for walking on.

2022-05-13 23:06:48

trouble is anyone and everyone is using these things from 5 year olds to 50 year olds , only a matter of time before a serious accident occurs in harlow on one of those things.

2022-05-14 06:14:33

These people have no road sense, it's only a matter of time before more people are killed and like always they will blame the motorist. Absolutely stupid allowing these on the road

2022-05-14 07:43:15

Why not legalise for use on roads? make them get a license and insurance etc. But ban on public footpaths.

2022-05-14 09:40:01

What are the statistics? Would we ban cars using the same criteria? How about passing a law where someone with a red flag must walk in front of every scooter? Or sensible regulation? Limit the speed by imposing conditions on manufacturers. Restrict to cycle tracks and minor roads, insurance compulsory, licences or certificates and training.

Kim Oconnor
2022-05-14 19:29:19

Trouble is there not interested in public options, because the fact is, they want us to use bikes, scooter s , electric cars, ect. I'm a life long cyclists, when it wasn't fashionable, why should we pay insurance, we don't damage roads, we don't use our bikes like you all use your cars . But I have to say, the scooters speed must be lowered, and only restricted to cycle tracks, not on paths.

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