Call to follow UK and ban e-scooters from the pavements

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New Zealand should follow the lead of the UK and introduce sensible regulations for e-scooters, says the car review website

Editor Clive Matthew-Wilson, who is an outspoken road safety campaigner, says: “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 25kp/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[i].

“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 maximizes both convenience and safety. We should urgently copy this approach.”

• Clive Matthew-Wilson has been actively campaigning on road safety and consumer issues for 25 years. Mentored by engineer Chris Coxon (former technical chair and founding member of the Australian New Car Assessment Program – ANCAP), Matthew-Wilson was the first person to publish crash test results in New Zealand. His research into seatbelt upgrades was awarded by the Australian Police Journal. Matthew-Wilson is a strong supporter of pedestrians’ and cyclists’ rights and has helped shape many major road safety policies in New Zealand.

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