Sight Loss Councils: e-scooter safety figures “wake up call”
An ITV Tonight investigation into e-scooter complaints found more than 210 injuries, 1100 complaints, 25 collisions and 805 incidents
The Sight Loss Councils have responded to an ITV Tonight investigation into the numbers of injuries and complaints caused by trials of rental e-scooters, calling the findings shocking but “no surprise.”
Freedom of information requests by ITV revealed more than 210 injuries, 1100 complaints, 25 collisions and 805 incidents involving e-scooters were reported to local authorities. The most frequent complaints were found to be around irresponsible parking of e-scooters.
Sight Loss Councils expressed “deep concern” by the findings of the investigation, with Mike Bell, national public affairs lead for Sight Loss Councils, commenting: “This investigation by ITV Tonight should be a wake-up call to all e-scooter operators and the Government that the trials have not been the triumph that many make them out to be.”
The organisation’s #StreetsForAll campaign aims to raise awareness of the dangers of e-scooters and improve safety, with irresponsible parking of the devices causing potential trip hazards and obstructions for disabled pedestrians.
Sight Loss Councils have urged e-scooter operators and local authorities to address the concerns and improve safety, calling for mandatory on-road parking bays and a reduction to the 15.5mph speed limit. They are also calling for the installation of sound-emitting devices and geotagging to prevent pavement use.
Bell added: “Whilst many operators and local councils have been working positively with us to try and improve the safety of e-scooters, in too many areas this has not yet been enough.”
The #StreetsForAll campaign is asking members of the public to share photos and videos of badly parked e-scooters to raise awareness of the dangers, and which will then be shared with e-scooter operators.
Earlier this year, as part of the #StreetsForAll campaign, the Sight Loss Councils highlighted the issues that inaccessible street designs are causing for blind and partially sighted pedestrians.