A new report reveals the UK’s perceptions of e-scooters and whether trials are working or not.
New research carried out by the Compensation Experts has revealed the public’s attitudes towards e-scooters. The report reveals the rising concern for e-scooters. Namely, nearly half (47%) of Brits doubt the safety of e-scooters. An overwhelming number of respondents (64%) believe that riders should have to take a test before taking an e-scooter.
If you have visited a UK city within the past few months you will have most likely seen people driving e-scooters within pedestrian areas. The controversial form of transport remains illegal for much of the UK and their use in public areas is only permitted as part of a government backed trial in certain areas.
Although the law states that a driving license is needed to participate in a rental scheme, the use of electric scooters, especially by the teen population, has led to many concerns from the public. A new report by The Compensation Experts reveals the UK’s true perception of this new mode of transport.
Are the e-scooter trials working?
Many locations across the UK currently have shared e-scooter trials in place, but how do the residents of those areas feel after living with e-scooters for the past few weeks and months?
The report questioned residents in a handful of areas currently trialing e-scooters and asked residents if they felt they were safe or not, the results can be seen below:
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Electric scooter unease: Brits don’t feel safe
The average electric scooter can travel at a max speed of between 15-22mph – a speed high enough to easily cause injury.
The report revealed that 64% of Brits agreed there should be a test before you can ride an e-scooter, alongside 70% who think there should be a speed limit for this new form of transport.
60% of respondents agreed that e-scooters will cause more accidents, whilst 38% of Brits think they will lead to an increase in crime.
While e-scooters rented legally as part of a trial can currently only be used in cycle lanes and roads, fearful Brits do not want this to change. 74% of respondents think e-scooters should stay off pedestrian paths, and over half (55%) said they would not feel safe walking down the high street with e-scooters.