Electric scooters are legalised in Queen’s speech despite 40 percent jump in accidents

E-SCOOTERS have been illegal on roads up to this point but private use will now be regulated by the Government. The Queen’s speech delivered by Prince Charles today included plans to make e-scooters legal, despite a huge surge in not just the amount of people hospitalised from using them but also a massive increase in ambulances needed to attend e-scooter accidents.

The Queen’s speech delivered by Prince Charles today included plans to make e-scooters legal, despite a huge surge in not just the amount of people hospitalised from using them but also a massive increase in ambulances needed to attend e-scooter accidents.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps confirmed in April he would announce the legislation surrounding e-scooters in the Queen’s Speech 2022.

That’s despite the fact some 82 percent more ambulances were called to assist e-scooter related accidents during 2021 than 2020.

713 e-scooter related accidents were attended by NHS ambulance vehicles during 2021, which is a huge leap from the previous year’s figure of 392.

Elsewhere, Major Trauma Group data also revealed that the number of e-scooter accident patients being referred to A&E increased by 40 percent between 2020 and 2021, with 173 patients treated at the scene of an accident being taken to their local A&E facility during 2021 compared with just 124 during 2020.

All Ambulance Trusts that responded to the freedom of information request saw an increase in the number of e-scooter accidents attended.

While there have been several trials of e-scooter use on roads in the UK, private use anywhere has been banned up to now.

Mr Shapps said the plan was to “introduce legislation to allow the Government to regulate e-scooters in the 2022–23 session.

“The Government would then be able to stipulate that all e-scooters sold met certain standards concerning speed, power and lights, among other things.”

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