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County councillors say they are in the dark over the impact “death trap” electric scooters are having on Gloucestershire.
The county council is currently taking part in a Department for Transport trial of e-scooters to gather evidence about their use and whether to change the legal status of these vehicles.
E-scooters are currently illegal to use on the public highway, although this has been suspended for e-scooters that are part of the trial.
But Barton and Tredworth county councillor Sajid Patel told today’s (June 16) environment scrutiny committee that he wanted to find out more about the extent of problems there are with e-scooters in the county.
“We are starting to see more and more e-scooters on our roads and safety concerns about that,” he said.
“I wondered whether we could have an update on how the trial is going in our next meeting.
“The boss of the Metropolitan Police has branded these e-scooters as death traps, perhaps that may be a bit extreme.
“But it would be interesting to see how they are being used in Gloucestershire and whether there are any complaints have been received by the council or the police, around anti-social concerns and the manner in which they are being used.
“We also have scooters which have been modified and are ridden at great speeds which is a concern.”
Council officers suggested the committee could invite the current provider of the trial to give a presentation about e-scooters.
Lead commissioner Philip Williams said: “Most of the e-scooters, certainly the ones which are modified are private and shouldn’t be ridden on the highway.
“In my youth, the death trap was the clapped out really old Ford Fiesta driven by a couple of lads with their girlfriends in the back.
“Fortunately, these days we’ve got people riding e-scooters, which, I would say, are a lot safer.”
Under the current scheme, trial e-scooter may be used on the road (except motorways) and in cycle lanes, within the approved trial area.
They must not be used on the pavement.
By Carmelo Garcia – Local Democracy Reporter