E-scooter riders in Nottingham are some of the least likely to know the rules of their use, a new survey poll has found.
Less than one in four British adults (23 percent) strongly or somewhat agreed that they know all the legal requirements for renting an e-scooter, with adults in Nottingham some of the least likely to know rules, a new poll commissioned by the Major Trauma Group has found.
In three of the cities included in the survey where an e-scooter trial is taking place, individuals were less likely to agree that they know all the legal requirements than the general British public: 20 percent in Newcastle; 18 percent in Nottingham; and just 12 percent in Norwich.
Over half of the people in four cities polled where a trial is taking place strongly or somewhat disagreed that they know all the legal requirements: 60 percent in Norwich and Nottingham; 58 percent in Liverpool; and 53 percent in Newcastle.
Serious injury and even death can occur when personal light electric vehicles are not used correctly, says the Major Trauma Group.
The national service was set up to assist people affected by major trauma accidents, and is calling for better education before further cities are added to the trials to ensure the safe adoption of e-scooters on our roads.
Wind in Nottingham, which runs the city’s trial scheme for e-scooters, says it “continuously educates” users on its app and through social media, as well as working with the city’s universities.
Despite the supposed lack of general awareness of current rules for e-scooter trials, there continues to be demand for an increased rollout of e-scooters.
The majority (55 percent) of 16 to 34-year-olds surveyed agree that the Government should make renting e-scooters more easily available across the UK showing an appetite in young people for new methods of transport.
Trevor Sterling, chair of the Major Trauma Group said: “Whilst e-scooter technology is very exciting and will support the UK in our efforts to reduce carbon emissions, the rollout of these vehicles should not be expediated without effective public education while the risk to road users remains so high.
“Without proper understanding of the rules and regulations, e-scooter users risk severely injuring themselves, pedestrians or other road users. All serious safety concerns and lack of regulation must be addressed before the Government progresses with any additional trials in order to prevent further accidents.”
A spokesperson for Wind told Nottinghamshire Live: “User education is a central pillar of Wind’s operation in Nottingham.
“We continuously educate users on our app and through social media via push notifications, in-app notifications as well as visuals and safety videos. In-app notifications also remind users that e-scooters are classed as motor vehicles.
“We also work with local universities to reach out to students to ensure they are aware of the rules, and we will soon be organising local in-person safety events where the local team will educate users and those interested on safe and respectful riding and traffic regulations.”