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'No surprise': Campaigners warn of up to 200,000 e-scooter road accidents this year

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New research has shown there could be up to 200,000 e-scooter accidents by the end of 2021. This comes as the UK is set to hit one million riders within the next six months.

Numerous cities around the UK have been trialling vehicle schemes as councils look at ways to ease congestion on roads, as well as keeping emissions to a minimum.

Following a number of dangerous e-scooter incidents caught on Dash Cams, Nextbase carried out new research unveiling that one in five e-scooter riders will be involved in an accident by the end of the year.

Around 63 percent of these accidents will be caused by new riders, who may potentially be using an e-scooter provided by the new UK city rental trials.

Further research also found 70 percent of e-scooter accidents happen during daylight hours, with 80 percent of accidents taking place in busy intersections.

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Nextbase is advising motorists to protect themselves from unlicensed and uninsured e-scooters by capturing footage from their vehicles. 

Video evidence is accepted by all UK police forces and insurers, and could be the only proof in case of an e-scooter incident.

Bryn Brooker, head of marketing and road safety at Nextbase, commented on the rise of incidents, and how they could potentially be prevented.

He said: “It will come as no surprise that we have seen an increase in the amount of serious e-scooter collisions from our Dash Cam users.

“We suggest that motorists take extra time to check their surroundings before they make any manoeuvres, always give e-scooter riders at least 1.5 metres of space when overtaking, and do not alarm them by beeping your horn or speeding up, this is likely to cause riders to lose concentration.

“We recommend that drivers use Dash Cams to capture any incident involving an e-scooter.

“This footage is accepted by all UK police forces and major insurance companies as proof of liability, helping protect motorists’ claims where there is a collision with an uninsured e-scooter.” 

According to Nextbase, e-scooter riders are 16 times more likely to be injured in a collision than a car passenger.

This will make young and untrained riders particularly vulnerable.

Victoria Bristow, part of the Road Safety team for West Mercia Police, said: “Although e-scooters are available to buy, they are currently illegal to use on public roads, pavements, cycle lanes and pedestrian-only areas unless part of an approved Government trial taking place in some urban areas.

“Electric scooters are currently classed as ‘powered transporters’ by the Government and fall under the same laws and regulations that apply to all motor vehicles in terms of requiring insurance, tax, MOT, license and registration.

“There is currently no mechanism in place to obtain any of these for e-scooters, so as this requirement can’t be met, their use in public areas is illegal.

“As they fall under the same laws as motor vehicles, anyone found using them in public areas risks having the e-scooter seized by the police.”



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