PACTS has been awarded a grant by the Road Safety Trust to collect data relating to incidents involving the use of private e-scooters.
As a result of the launch of regulated trials of rental e-scooters across England last year, PACTS says the use of private e-scooters has increased, despite their illegality.
While the Government-approved e-scooter rental trials are intended to assess safety, PACTS adds there is ‘little or no current measure’ of the impact of the safety of private e-scooter on riders and other road users.
Over the coming months, PACTS will work with partners from a broad spectrum of backgrounds and fields of expertise to:
- Gather data of casualties involving e-scooters (riders and other road users) collected from the media, police forces and at least one major trauma centre
- Publish a report summarising its findings and recommendations for regulation of private e-scooters – construction and use
- Host a webinar to disseminate the findings
PACTS says if e-scooter use on roads and in other public places is to be legalised, it wants legislation to include evidence-based safety measures to protect riders and other road users.