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Transport for London call for a review of e-scooter safety

9 Jul 2019

 

Transport for London (TfL) chief Mike Brown has called for a review of the safety of electric scooters on public roads, citing the inevitability of them becoming legal.

 

In an interview with the Evening Standards, he expressed concern that e-scooter riders could present a danger to both the public and themselves.

When questioned about the rising use of e-scooters, Mr Brown rejected the suggestion of an outright ban, but recognised the need for riders to show due-caution.

 

Current legislation dictates that e-scooter riders can be hit with six points on their driving licence and face the prospect of a £300 fine, if they use the machines on public roads.

 

Mr Brown stated that TfL would need to liaise with the Department of Transport in obtaining some sort of guidance, given that the use of e-scooters is a countrywide issue rather than a localised one.

 

A spokesperson for TfL stated that Mr Brown wanted involvement in any new rules in legislating e-scooters and is not looking to ban them.

 

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