scoop.co.nz 17 Mar, 2021 00:30 am

UK Bans E-scooters From Pavements, Bans Private Scooters, Requires Driver’s Licence For Scooter Riders.

UK Bans E-scooters From Pavements, Bans Private Scooters, Requires Driver’s Licence For Scooter Riders.
New Zealand should follow the lead of the UK and introduce sensible regulations for e-scooters, says the car review website dogandlemon.com . Editor Clive Matthew-Wilson, who is an outspoken road safety campaigner, says: “ The English government has ...

”’ It has been suggested, as part of the arrangement whereby e-scooters, e-bikes and conventional bicycles share footpaths with pedestrians, that speed limits and a code of practice would be introduced.While it may be possible to insist that rental e-scooters and e-bikes are neatly stacked after use, and that these devices have effective speed limits, such controls appear to be impossible for privately owned two-wheeled vehicles.Given that the government currently declines to require these vehicles to be registered or subject to independent inspection, or their riders licensed, it is difficult to see how speed limits and controls on behaviour could be effectively enforced.It has been suggested that police take over the job of enforcement of speed limits on footpaths.

“Research indicates that education has no effect, or only a very limited effect, on habits like staying within speed limits, heeding stop signs, and using safety belts.And, these speed limits are voluntary for the companies that rent the scooters.

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