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E-Scooters - Pain

Alex
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E-Scooters - Pain

Don't know about your area, but they are becoming popular round mine (sadly).

The people who use them have obviously had a cyclists training of using the road. That means not at all of course.

Getting fed up with them going past me and so far I have managed to avoid being hit.

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They are still not legal for public use in this country although trials will be taking place where they will be allowed on the road and in cycle lanes.

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@Jonpe 

Hopefully trials will be taking place (in court) of some of the idiots already using them.  Wink

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I'm of the opposite view. They're cheap compared to a car or motorbike. The young can use them with no insurance, tax etc. The young can get about quicker, easier, further and therefore have better luck with jobs.

Lets not forget that the young are being priced out of housing, motoring, fun and now can't even socialise.

If letting them use e-scooters to get about helps them, i'm all for it.

Sorry i know i will be controversial with many of you on this but face it, the young have an uphill struggle.

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Clearly no one appears to want the use of a cheaper option.....

 

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Of course lets not forget the reason they are cheap for the young with no tax insurance etc is because they are illegal.

I suspect this is being allowed to run for now because, unlike uninsured cars, the few high profile deaths has only involved the scooter driver. So far that is.

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Difficult one this as much depends on the care (and speed) of those using them. Remember being a kid on skates and zooming past all those old folks - which as anybody over the age of 30. 😉


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There is also the problem of the variety of them. Some are clearly toys and some are not and those don't belong in the hands of any child.

And the speed of them also varies a lot. The fancy one that zoomed up my road last night, heading no doubt towards first year student accommodation, was doing at least 25mph. Though in its favour it had a bright headlight and tail light and an even brighter working brake light.

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The Police in a car chased one along our road a couple of days ago.

I smiled to myself as I watched them go by as the scooter can easily escape the car down one of the narrow footpaths around the estate and the riders know it and taunt the Police.

It's a game for them.

 

Last year some youths were riding around on an illegal motor-bike.

One of them crashed into a wall and was taken to hospital.

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@billnotben wrote:

Of course lets not forget the reason they are cheap for the young with no tax insurance etc is because they are illegal.

I suspect this is being allowed to run for now because, unlike uninsured cars, the few high profile deaths has only involved the scooter driver. So far that is.


Illegal? So were mobility scooters that don't display a tax disc. I'll bet you didn't know that but it's actually true. I met a mobility scooter user years ago who displayed one on hers - with a cost of £0! Yes it's absurd but true.

Oddly despite being bigger, heavier, carrying more momentum and still capable of 8mph speeds, nobody complained about those things being illegal - and we've all seen them in use without a tax disc haven't we. Yet the elderly who use them can be blind, hard of hearing, stiff neck (unable to see behind when reversing) etc.

 

So, I must raise my point again, if it gives todays youths a way of getting about cheaply and helps them to get some sort of enjoyment from their ever diminishing lives, then I don't really understand the problem. The fact that they are "illegal" puts them on the same level as a motorist parking on a double yellow line or school zigzag - that's also illegal. It's just one of those "crimes" that the state can choose to enforce when it's bored.

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