E-scooter accidents have increased in London and new figures show that vehicles were involved in 258 collisions in the first half of 2021 compared to just nine throughout 2018.
The data, obtained from the Metropolitan Police by Labor’s London Assembly police and crime spokesman Unmesh Desai, also showed that there were only 28 incidents in the city in 2019, but a big jump to 266 the following year.
It is illegal to use private e-scooters in the UK, except on private land, but they are still a common sight on roads and sidewalks in urban areas.
Sir. Desai, who got the numbers in response to a question from London Mayor Sadiq Khan, said: “The use of illegal e-scooters on our roads and sidewalks puts Londoners at risk of significant damage, especially the most vulnerable in our communities like f. eg as people with limited mobility, visual impairment and hearing loss. ”
He said the figures were likely “just the tip of the iceberg”, but said it was “encouraging” to see the extent of enforcement measures taken by Transport for London (TfL) and the Met Police so far.
Last month, TfL banned private e-scooters on its network after a loaf of bread in flames in the subway at Parsons Green Tube station.
Officers in London seized a total of 3,637 privately owned e-scooters between January and November 2021. Owners wishing to pick them up will have to pay a fee of £ 150 plus £ 10 per day storage fee, Desai said.
Charities have called for a ban on the sale of private e-scooters following accidents and even deaths across the country.
Three e-scooter riders died after being involved in accidents during the 12 months to June 2021, according to speak up from the Ministry of Transport, while more than 700 were injured.
Among those killed was 19-year-old George McGowan, who was hit and killed by a car while riding his e-scooter in Portsmouth in June 2021.
On New Year’s Day this year, 74-year-old David Ackers died on the spot after driving a relative’s e-scooter into two parked cars in Tameside, Greater Manchester.
Figures also show that 131 pedestrians were injured in collisions with e-scooters in the year to June 2021.
That National Federation of the Blind UK called for e-scooters to be banned from shops, after a collision in a park in south London left a three-year-old with life-changing injuries. The charity said e-scooters made sidewalks unsafe for pedestrians.
Additional reporting from PA