New Report reveals the UK’s perceptions of E-Scooters & whether trails are working



Although e-Scooters are not legal in Ireland as yet, this report finding provides food for thought….

  • A new survey by The Compensation Experts has revealed the public’s attitudes and concerns towards e-scooters
  • 47% of Brits don’t think that e-scooters are safe
  • 64% of Brits think there should be a test to undertake before you can ride an e-scooter
  • 38% of Brits are worried that e-scooters will cause an increase in crime
  • Residents from cities where trials are taking place claim that e-scooters are unsafe

People are driving e-scooters within pedestrian areas across every city and town. The controversial form of transport remains illegal for much of the UK and their use in public areas is only permitted as part of a government backed trial in certain areas.

Although the law states that a driving license is needed to participate in a rental scheme, the use of electric scooters, especially by the teen population, has led to many concerns from the public. The Compensation Experts report reveals the UK’s true perception of this new mode of transport.

Are the e-scooter trials working?

Many locations across the UK currently have shared e-scooter trials in place, but how do the residents of those areas feel after living with e-scooters for the past few weeks and months?

The report questioned residents in a handful of areas currently trialing e-scooters and asked residents if they felt they were safe or not, the results can be seen below:

Area Operator of the trial When the trial was Launched How many residents do not feel that e-scooters are safe 
Newcastle Neuron 16-Feb-21 38%
Norwich Beryl 21-Sep-20 43%
Birmingham Voi 10-Sep-20 49%
Southampton Voi 18-Mar-21 51%
Bristol Voi 29-Oct-20 53%
Nottingham Wind 27-Oct-20 53%
Liverpool Voi 06-Oct-20 55%

Electric scooter unease: Brits don’t feel safe

The average electric scooter can travel at a max speed of between 15-22mph[1] – a speed high enough to easily cause injury.

The report revealed that 64% of Brits agreed there should be a test before you can ride an e-scooter, alongside 70% who think there should be a speed limit for this new form of transport.

60% of respondents agreed that e-scooters will cause more accidents, whilst 38% of Brits think they will lead to an increase in crime.

While e-scooters rented legally as part of a trial can currently only be used in cycle lanes and roads, fearful Brits do not want this to change. 74% of respondents think e-scooters should stay off pedestrian paths, and over half (55%) said they would not feel safe walking down the high street with e-scooters.

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