‘Chaos’ predicted on UK roads if e-scooter trials continue in our cities

GB News: Colin Brazier slams the use of E-scooters

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Concerns about the safety of e-scooters are mounting after several reports of accidents and anti-social behaviour. Currently, many cities across the UK, including Bristol, are hosting rental schemes with views to the permanent usage of electric scooters.

But if these are given the green light, it is feared “serious problems” will be encountered on our roads. 

Recent research from dashcam company Nextbase suggests e-scooters will be involved in up to 200,000 accidents in the UK by the end of this year, reports Bristol Live.

In a motion tabled ahead of a full council meeting today, Lesley Alexander, Bristol City Councillor for the ward of Frome Vale, said: “[Bristol City] Council is conscious of increasing complaints around road and pedestrian safety, an apparent lack of policing or enforcement, silent scooters being ridden on pavements to create new hazards and nuisance as well as clutter where motors are simply discarded in a haphazard fashion.

“In addition, doubts remain over whether e-scooters are as good for the environment as proponents claim or that this kind of ‘active’ travel is really something that should be encouraged.

“An entirely unregulated, free-for-all system would be a recipe for chaos on our roads and pavements.”

The Conservative councillor’s motion is unlikely to be debated, it is said.

Labour lost control of Bristol City Council this year to no overall power. 

But the Labour mayor of the city, Marvin Rees, wants the e-scooter trial to be extended to March – and wants private use of the scooters legal on the city roads in the same period.

The 49-year-old politician argued the scheme has been an “overwhelming success”.  

Avon and Somerset Police data show 237 incidents involving e-scooters have been recorded in Bristol.

And statistics recorded in London found 52% of road users do not know the laws surrounding e-scooters.

One police unit in Devon and Cornwall branded electronic scooters dangerous and a “waste” of money in July.

A top lawyer in the capital told Express.co.uk privately owned e-scooters “aren’t going away” and will soon become legal despite a number of serious accidents.

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