Why are some people afraid that there will be changes to e-scooter laws?
Posted 7th February 2020. Category: General.
Currently, the use of e-scooters is limited on certain public roads, pavements and lanes. Hence, the government is eager to hold a consultation on the same. A few campaigners have requested the government to form tighter rules and regulations pertaining to the e-scooter. Ultimately, the question that worries the users is: 'Will the law change be acceptable?'
Some users are terrified that if the new law favours more frequent use of the e-scooters across the streets then it might be a nuisance for elderly pedestrians who take the pavement to reach their respective destination. Few others believe that even if the government legalises the use of e-scooter on the roads and cycle lanes, the riders might still use the pavements and create a ruckus while travelling. Many people have reported getting injured by e-scooter riders while heading to work.
Are Electric Scooters Safe?
Across the busy streets of Australia, US & European countries, electric scooters have become a common sight. Electric scooters like Segway, Lime, Bird & Xiaomi M365 are fairly popular among the users who are keen to buy an e-scooter.
Now, regarding the safety of the electric scooters, if the rider rides responsibly enough to adjust the top speed according to the situation, then they might not scare the pedestrians away. Few riders who drive recklessly across the pavements, result in accidents and injure clueless pedestrians daily.
Over the last couple of years many companies like Bird & Uber, have provided e-scooters for rent and these vehicles are at times parked recklessly near train stations or metro stations. This kind of placement of the vehicles becomes difficult for blind commuters as they tend to fall over them and even their guide dogs are not sure of how to avoid that area altogether. Hence, few have requested the government to formulate rules that might allow designated parking for these vehicles so that the users become more responsible while parking their vehicles.
If laws like speed limits are introduced for the riders then, the risk of getting injured via an electric vehicle will be less.
WalkSmart recommends that you check your local state laws and regulations in relation to using electric scooters in public locations, roads and footpaths. Laws vary state by state and therefore may limit use to private locations only. Each local body is reviewing public electric scooter use, so we expect it to be regulated, but legal in all states within the short term. Feel free to contact WalkSmart if you have any further queries.