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Cabbies slam e-scooter rider travelling on pavement after crashing into the side of a London taxi

Updated: Nov 1, 2021


Image credit: Colts Cabs (Twitter)

An e-scooter rider travelling on the pavement and caught on camera crashing into the side of a slow moving London taxi has been blasted by cabbies on social media.

The footage shared on social media by London taxi rental firm Colts Cabs, shows a female rider on what looks to be a privately owned e-scooter.

The rider travelling on the pavement with earphones on, strikes the black cab vehicle whilst the cabbie manoeuvres out of a junction.


Much to the surprise of those watching the video, the rider seems to blame the TAXI DRIVER for the cause of the collision.

Currently privately owned e-scooters are illegal when driven on public roads and pavements, cycle lanes and publicly accessible land, including parks and car parks.


According to the Metropolitan Police electrical scooters come under the category of “powered transporters”. This also covers a range of other personal transport devices which are powered by a motor.

“Powered transporters” fall within the legal definition of a motor vehicle under the Road Traffic Act 1988. Therefore, the rules that apply to motor vehicles, also apply to e-scooters.


As a motor vehicle, they must comply with various pieces of Road Traffic Legislation, including but not limited to:

  • driving with a licence

  • driving/riding with insurance

  • driving/riding other than on a road

  • need to be taxed.

It is only legal to use an e-scooter on private land with the permission of the land owner, or in areas where a trial rental scheme is running where rental e-scooter can ride on a public road or cycle lane.

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