eScooters are going to be popular gifts this Christmas and whilst the eScooters will be ideal presents for those that enjoy the latest toys and gadgets, Sue Edwards, the Head of our Personal Injury department, is urging that they should be used safely and in accordance with the law.
Ridden by both children and adults the electric powered scooters can reach speeds of over 30mph, although it should be added that many are restricted to under 16mph, and therefore accidents are common.
What You Need-to-Know About eScooters
“Before buying eScooters, please make sure there is somewhere safe on private land where you can ride them. They are classified as Personal Light Electric Vehicles (PLEVs), and it might come as surprise to some that they are treated the same as motor vehicles and are subject to all the same legal requirements regarding tax, MOT and licensing. It is currently illegal to ride them on public roads and pavements, in cycle lanes and pedestrianised areas.
“If the rider was to suffer an accident whilst riding the eScooter, making a claim could be a more complicated process because, if the rider was in a public place, then they would already be committing an offence and potentially receive a £300 fixed-penalty notice and, if they have one, six points on their driving licence.”
At present, the law covering e-bikes - which are battery-assisted pedal cycles - doesn't cover e-scooters, but the government wants to regulate them in a similar way in future.
Have You Been in an eScooter Accident?
If you have been involved in an accident involving an eScooter and are unsure whether you might be eligible to make a claim, please get in touch to speak to one of our personal injury experts who will listen and explain your options. We operate a no win, no fee policy.