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Report calls for higher safety standards across the e-scooter sector

28 June 2021

 

An e-scooter safety group of leading charities and transport experts is calling for higher safety standards across the sector to protect pedestrians and improve safety for riders, in a new report published this month.

Local and national government, transport authorities and operators all have a vital role to play in setting standards that meet and alleviate concerns held by the public when it comes to safe transport in the UK

The group - the TIER UK Safety Board - produced its inaugural interim report after testing recommendations on the ground with TIER and in consultation with disabled people, including those with sight loss, across the UK.

The Tier Safety Board is a body of senior independent experts in road safety, Covid risk, accessibility and sight loss, with members including Kirsty Hoyle, CEO of Transport for All, David Davies, executive director of the Parliamentary Advisory Council on Transport Safety (PACTS), and Mike Bell, senior manager at Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT).

'Local and national government, transport authorities and operators all have a vital role to play in setting standards that meet and alleviate concerns held by the public when it comes to safe transport in the UK.

'Local regulations and national legislation must ensure high standards of safety for operators to adhere to, if cities are to realise the full benefits of micro-mobility,' says David Davies, Executive Director of the Parliamentary Advisory Committee on Transport Safety (PaCTS) and Board member.

The Board has led interviews, focus groups and national surveys with disabled individuals and national sight loss groups to understand their key concerns about e-scooters.

The report highlights actions required for responsible e-scooter use and parking, concluding with key safety recommendations to be adopted by all micro-mobility operators in the UK, whether to be enacted voluntarily, via city regulations, or potential Government legislation.

To produce the report and recommendations, the board worked closely with e-scooter operator Tier, reviewing local operations and examining safety data and practices that contributed to Tier recording zero accidents to customers or pedestrians in the first six months of operating.

 
 
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