E-scooters ban would prevent deaths, Kent Police’s Matthew Scott says

Matthew Scott, Kent Police and Crime Commissioner, says the e-scooters are extraordinarily harmful and their use will trigger extra severe accidents and even deaths. The units are at the moment being trialled in lots of UK cities and cities, together with London, Birmingham and Liverpool.

But though the trial of Bird e-scooters in Canterbury, Kent, has been prolonged to March subsequent year, there are rising considerations about their security.

Speaking to Kent Live, Mr Scott stated: “Personally, I think the whole e-scooter experiment needs to stop across the country.

“I do not suppose individuals are utilizing them significantly responsibly and we’re beginning to see instances throughout the UK of individuals being killed whereas they’re driving them and likewise, extra considerably numbers-wise, severe life-changing accidents.

“We’re also seeing people being given warnings for anti-social use of the public hire scheme.

“We must dispose of these scooters and cease including additional hazard to our roads.”

Although it is legal to buy a scooter, it is illegal to ride one on the road at the moment.

Mr Scott claims the trials have caused “confusion” about their legality and people are buying vehicles that are unregulated.

“We’ve bought folks shopping for them from Amazon and Halfords considering they’re completely authorized when the messaging has been fully confused,” he added.

“Halfords say they warn folks to not use them on the general public roads, however folks purchase them for that goal so simply ignore the warnings.

“They are supposed to be used in a very small part of Canterbury but what we are seeing across the country, particularly in Kent as well, large numbers of e-scooters being seized because they are being ridden illegally on the public highway.

“Because the opposite vital facet to that is that there isn’t any provision for them: There aren’t any cost factors, there aren’t any devoted lanes, there’s nothing supplied to permit them for use extra safely.

“We see them scattered across the roads and pavements.

“If the Government goes to go forward with this, then non-public possession needs to be banned and it must be a correctly regulated public hire scheme solely, however even I’ve considerations about that.”

Councils and the Department for Transport claim e-scooters could help reduce carbon emissions as they could help people stop being so reliant on cars.

Mr Scott said the Government should instead focus on other methods to reduce carbon emissions such as investing in local infrastructure or launching alternative schemes, such as a cycle-hire scheme similar to London’s “Boris Bikes”.

A Kent County Council (KCC) spokesperson said: “KCC has prolonged the trial of use of e-scooters in components of Canterbury till March 2022, following a direct request from the Department for Transport.

“Safety is a top priority for KCC and officers meet regularly with Kent Police, Bird and DfT to discuss their roles in this trial.”

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