Police seizing e-scooters minutes after purchase says spokesman
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New research has found that one in five drivers say they have been involved in an accident or near miss with an e-scooter. Some police forces have reported a 300 percent increase in the number of accidents involving an e-scooter from 2020 to 2021.
UK police forces also reported more than 1,500 e-scooter confiscations in 2021, an increase of 456 percent on the number of e-scooter confiscations in 2020.
Admiral Insurance analysed their claims data and found that 143 incidents involving e-scooters were registered in 2021, more than double the 65 reported in 2020.
They say while this is only a small increase, it suggests that e-scooter accidents will continue to rise.
The research also found that around one in ten households now own an e-scooter.
Lorna Connelly, Head of Claims at Admiral, said: “Most people agree that e-scooters seem like an excellent way of getting from A-B, particularly in towns and cities with high traffic congestion.
“They offer a cheap, easy and environmentally friendly way for many people to get around.
“The current e-scooter trials in England are being extended to later this year as the impact is assessed to look at the safest way they can be used alongside road users and pedestrians.
“We’ve been monitoring how many incidents involving e-scooters our customers report to us.
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“In 2019 there were just 13, in 2020 that jumped to 65 and last year it increased to 143.
“The vast majority of those thankfully didn’t result in a claim.
“While a tenfold increase in accidents sounds significant, the numbers are still fairly small but the increase certainly reflects the fact that e-scooters have surged in popularity.
“Private e-scooters are still illegal unless used on private property, but our research suggests many people are confused by the rules.
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