E-Scooters on pavements has been a debate that has gone on since their arrival in New Zealand. Unfortunately, the wellbeing of pedestrians, particularly the elderly, has not been at the forefront and Governments and Councils should act now. According to the car review website dogandlemon.com, New Zealand should follow the lead of the UK and introduce sensible regulations for e-scooters.
Editor Clive Matthew-Wilson, who is an outspoken road safety campaigner, said, “The English government has announced that e-scooters must be hired from licensed operators. These e-scooters will be limited to a top speed of 25km/h and will only be permitted on roads and cycle lanes, with riders banned from pavements.”
“People hiring e-scooters in the UK must be aged at least 16 and hold a provisional or full driving licence.”
“The English government also recently confirmed its ban on privately owned e-scooters, because it’s effectively impossible to ensure that these scooters comply with safety regulations, such as brakes and speed restrictions.”
Matthew-Wilson describes the English approach to e-scooters as sensible, fair and reasonable.
“Everyone gains and nobody loses, except perhaps for some greedy scooter companies."
“The New Zealand government should promptly adopt these English regulations.”
Matthew-Wilson adds that e-scooters were effectively sneaked onto New Zealand footpaths without proper safety assessments.
“The steady stream of accidents followed as night follows day, yet e-scooter promoters have not paid a cent towards treating the injuries caused by their scooters.”
“The English government has demonstrated that it’s possible to use e-scooters in a manner that maximises both convenience and safety. New Zealand should urgently copy this approach.”