E-Scooters are high on many Christmas lists this year, but a lawyer has warned people to ensure they understand the law before making a purchase, as most E-Scooters cannot be driven legally on UK roads.
Kelly Richardson, a Chartered Legal Executive specialising in personal injury law at Furley Page solicitors, said: “E-Scooters are increasingly popular as a cheap and eco-friendly method of transport, but if you are considering buying one as a gift or you have put one on your own wish list, you really must understand the law.
“Two wheeled E-Scooters fit the definition of a motorcycle meaning, meaning the rider must wear a helmet, hold a valid licence and have completed compulsory basic motorcycle training (CBT). As such, the vast majority of E-Scooters are not currently driven legally on UK roads, and should solely be used on private land.
“If you are considering purchasing an E-Scooter then you should also be aware that the Police have the power to serve a fixed penalty notice if the rider has no insurance, with a £300 fine and six penalty points.”
In terms of safety, recent figures show that at least three people have died and more than 700 have been injured in accidents involving E-Scooters in the last year. Of the casualties, 37 suffered injuries that were described as “serious”.
Transport for London (TfL) has also announced that from Monday 13 December 2021 travellers using TfL services are no longer allowed to carry e-scooters or e-unicycles on TfL services or any of their premises, even when folded. This safety step comes after defective lithium-ion batteries in privately-owned e-scooters and e-unicycles caused fires in their network.
Kelly added: “Anyone contemplating purchasing an E-Scooter this Christmas should really think twice and ensure they fully understand the law and the implications of using one in a public place. Moreover, the risk of being injured or harming someone else whilst using an E-Scooter is incredibly high.”
Contact Kelly Richardson in the Furley Page Personal Injury Team on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01227 763939 for advice about your injury claims.