Two deaths in UK now involving e-scooters
SADLY we have now had the second fatality of a person riding an e-scooter in the UK. This was in Wolverhampton where two teenagers collided with a car.
The previous fatality was in 2019 where TV presenter Emily Hartridge died after her e-scooter hit a lorry in Battersea.
There has also been a fatality in Paris this month where a pedestrian died after collision with an e-scooter.
In addition we have had the many reports in the Post of near misses where serious accidents and possible fatalities have only narrowly been avoided.
An inescapable fact is that these people would still be alive had e-scooters not been introduced and, based on the above history of e-scooters, it is clear that there are likely to be more accidents/fatalities if e-scooters are allowed to continue on our roads.
With this welter of evidence of a potentially dangerous new feature being introduced onto our road system, is any politician or leader prepared to ban e-scooters from our roads, I suspect not.
Marvin Rees has made his support for them very clear in the recent article in the Post.
If e-scooters are allowed in Bristol, does this mean that innocent drivers and pedestrians who are involved in collisions with e-scooters could sue the Mayor for lack of duty of care to road users in Bristol?
John Spiller Long Ashton