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Hull has its say on ‘death trap’ e-scooters plaguing city’s streets
2021-09-23 04:00:00
There is a new 'menace' on the roads and pavements of Hull which many people feel are a potential 'death trap' for both riders and pedestrians in the event of a collision. Electronic scooters – or e-scooters – have been around for some time but had rarely been seen around the city before this year. For the latest traffic and travel news in your area enter your postcode here. In some parts of the world, such as New Zealand, they have been adopted as a form of public transport that you can hop on and off by using an app or just paying by card. The Government announced at the end of 2020 that nine areas of the country are trialling something similar in the UK – including Scunthorpe. Someone riding an e-scooter in Hull Debates still rage about the use of the scooters though as there does not seem to be an obvious safe area for them, looking too vulnerable on the roads and a liability on footpaths. The owners of this new mode of transport in Hull may not realise it but many are breaking the law by using public rights of way, be it roads, paths or even cycle lanes. While trials of rental e-scooter schemes were made legal by the Government in July 2020, the laws on private e-scooters have remained unchanged. Anyone who uses a privately owned e-scooter on a public road or other prohibited space is committing a criminal offence until the law changes. The potential penalties depend on the nature and gravity of the offence, ranging from a fine and penalty points to disqualification from driving. The e-scooter could also be impounded. Despite this there are still plenty of people riding their own privately owned E-scooters in the city and people have told us about their own close shaves with the speedy mode of transport. We asked Hull Live readers ;should there be more restrictions on the sale of e-scooters?;, here is what they had to say: James Start said: “These things are a death traps, see loads now – earphones in, on phones, jumping from pavement to road and visa versa to avoid traffic lights. “[They've] been trialled for hire in some cities like Bradford and Newcastle where they are licensed and insured with rider putting in bank and licence details in before hiring. “These round Hull are private owners and are breaking the law by riding on the road or public pavement.” Jacki Baldwin said: “A huge accident waiting to happen, saw one over taking on the inside of a vehicle that had just stopped and he crashed into the door being opened [on the] pavement side as [a] passenger was getting out.” Someone riding an e-scooter in Hull Richard Scott said: “A 20-year-old came off the road on to the pavement at full speed and almost collided with two young lads coming out of chippy on Anlaby Road. He just avoided them and went and crashed.” Sue Garnett said: “An adult on one of these came speeding past me on the pavement and only just missed hitting my six-year-old grandson. No apology or anything. Just carried on going.” Andy Lowery said: “It's just a matter of time before a child is killed on one of them. The way the ride them in and out of traffic and they don't care what they do.” Patricia Halford said: “Most definitely they just leave them everywhere make the place look a mess ride on and then just dumped. “I am Disabled and even had to move them from my driveway so I can get my car out.” Alan McGowan said: “If they ban these, then they need to ban mobility scooters, as they are just the same with a throttle, but with extra wheels? Might not be as quick but same principal, am I right?” Chris Woodward said: “Why was there absolutely no issue at all with the one I had had I was younger yet these are a problem and mine was just as fast? “And how many

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