E-scooters injure 131 pedestrians in a year
E-scooters injured 131 pedestrians in Britain over 12 months, according to new figures.
Thirty-seven of the casualties suffered injuries described by the Department for Transport (DfT) as “serious”.
Other road users injured in e-scooter collisions in the year ending June include 36 cyclists and 32 vehicle occupants.
Fourteen casualties were aged 70 and above, while 17 were between 60 and 69.
Twenty-one children under 10 were injured.
The figures also show that three e-scooter users were killed in crashes, and a further 729 were injured.
E-scooter rider Shakur Pinnock, 20, died in hospital in June, six days after he was involved in a crash with a car in Wolverhampton.
Most rider casualties were aged under 30, including seven who were younger than 10.
Some older riders were also injured, including four aged 60-69 and one who was at least 70.
No other vehicle was involved in around a fifth of e-scooter accidents.
The figures do not distinguish between incidents involving e-scooters which were rented or privately owned.
Private e-scooters cannot legally be used in the UK except on private land, but are a common site on roads and pavements in urban areas.
Dozens of legalised e-scooter rental schemes have been launched in towns and cities across Britain since July 2020 as part of Government trials, despite long-running safety concerns about the devices.
Charity Guide Dogs has called for the sale of private high-speed e-scooters to be banned, and expressed fears that their use means some people with sight loss are being forced to change their route or completely avoid independent travel.
A DfT spokesman said: “Safety will always be our top priority and the trials currently taking place in 32 regions across England are helping us to better understand the benefits of e-scooters and their impact on public space.
“No fatalities have been reported to the department by trial areas and trial e-scooters are limited to 15.5mph with compulsory safety features such as horns and bells.
“They are also allowing us to engage with vulnerable road user groups to help shape rules.”
The best videos delivered daily
Watch the stories that matter, right from your inbox