Do your research before you gift an e-scooter for Christmas. Experts warn that riders run the risk of getting hurt, fined, or even losing points from their driving licenses.

  • Experts warn people not to buy an e-scooter without thinking twice 
  • Last year, there were 484 deaths involving popular vehicles
  • Public roads are another way riders can be caught breaking the law.
  • Driving license points can be revoked, fined and/or increased insurance. 

Due to the number of injuries that can be caused by an electric scooter, consumers are being asked to reconsider buying one as Christmas gifts.   

According to the Association of British Insurers, 2020 saw 484 deaths involving e–scooters. This is more than one per day.

According to it, there have been 29 deaths associated with their use since 2018. 

While it is legal to purchase, rent, and own an electric scooter, private property cannot allow them to be used. 

This means it is illegal to ride them on public roads, pavements and cycle lanes,  unless the area is part of one of the Government trials on public e-scooter use.

E-scooters are set to be a popular Christmas gift this year, but users are warned about injuries

Although e-scooters will be popular as a Christmas gift, users should be aware of the dangers.

Many people claim to have seen these devices in public places, and many others say that they even witnessed them causing injury.  

Some 31 per cent of people have witnessed an accident involving an e-scooter colliding with a car or pedestrian, according to data from More Than Insurance.

Another 83% said that they’ve seen e-scooters on the sidewalk, even though it is not allowed.

Therefore, ABI urges you to think twice when buying one for a present.

The study found that e-scooter users are more at risk than bicyclists of inflicting serious injuries to their heads, pedestrians and road users.

There is currently no standard for governing the safety and construction of e-scooters.

Illegal use can result in riders being subject to penalties. They could be forced to pay a £300 fine and get six points on their driving licence if they use them on public roads or pavements, which could impact on the cost of future motor insurance. 

Police could take the e-scooter away.

Danger: Latest figures show that in 2020 there were 484 casualties involving e-scooters

There was danger. Latest statistics show that there were 484 accidents involving e–scooters in 2020.

Laura Hughes, ABI’s general insurance manager said that she shared the Government’s vision for a more sustainable and inclusive transportation system. 

However, they are illegally being used on pavements and roads, making them dangerous for their owners as well other road users, pedestrians and pedestrians.

“E-scooter travel should be as safe and secure as possible to ensure their maximum potential. It is vital that government establishes solid regulations regarding their construction, use and maintenance. 

You could have your insurance affected by E-scooters 

More Than also warned drivers to be careful if operating one of the scooters, as this could have an impact on their insurance policy.  

The police were bringing in an increased number of IN10 convictions for car insurance policyholders who drove without insurance and used an escooter owned privately while driving in public.

In10 convictions must be reported to insurance companies. They can have an impact on the terms of future policies and make it harder and more expensive to get insurance.

Matthew Avery (chief strategic research director), Thatcham Research added, “Before the mobility advantage of e–scooters is realised, regulation must be urgently implemented.”

“E-scooter travel is 100 times more hazardous than cycling a bike, and will remain a danger not just to the users, but to pedestrians, drivers, and persons with disabilities.

“E-scooters are not allowed on public roads except for the trials by government officials.” 

“And although safety features that are vital to the health of the user have yet to be made mandatory by regulation, gifting an electronic scooter to your loved ones this Christmas might result in them either being taken to an ambulance or to the police station.”