Clifton woman says ‘dangerous’ scooter snapped in half as she rode it Leave a comment


A woman says an electric scooter she was riding fell apart as she made her way to catch a tram in Clifton.

Emily Smith, a legal receptionist who lives on the estate, said she was “shocked and saddened” as the handlebars and steering rack came off at the base of the scooter.

Nottingham is one of three cities where the bright yellow Wind scooters are being trialled, and while they have been a success for the most part, some riders have raised a number of concerns.

Among these concerns are people riding while drunk and scooters being abandoned on pavements, blocking the way for those with disabilities and pushchairs.

Now, Ms Smith, 25, believes more should be done in researching whether they are structurally safe.

She told Nottinghamshire Live: “I was just riding on it and felt the handlebars go and that’s when the whole thing broke in half.

“They are fun but they can be dangerous.

“I had to drag it back to the parking space so I didn’t get fined. I was going quite fast when it started to feel something was not right, and I thought I am going to have to park this up.

“I was so annoyed. I do not want people to see this and never ride them, but I think there needs to be more research done into it and make sure they are safe.”

Ms Smith says she hopes this is done so people can continue to enjoy the “thrilling and exciting” experience, without the handlebars suddenly falling off.

Adults in Nottingham are some of the least likely to know rules surrounding electric scooters, a new poll commissioned by the Major Trauma Group found.

Wind says it is therefore striving to continuously educate riders as to the rules, including the fact they are classed as motor vehicles (PLEVs) and therefore subject to the same legal requirements.

Riders must be over 16, have a full provisional UK licence and must not ride on footpaths.

Helmets are recommended, but not a legal requirement.

A spokesman for Wind added: “The safety of our riders is our main priority.

“As more scooters are being deployed to the streets of Nottingham, we have seen a few isolated incidents of vehicles being left damaged as a result of mishandling.

“We always collect any damaged scooters immediately and have recently deployed additional patrols and maintenance staff to regularly check our vehicles for any damages.

“We also work with local law enforcement to encounter any misuse of our scooters.”





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