London is the latest UK city to trial electric kick scooters. However, there is an unexpected dark side to the technology: In 9 months, the London police say electric scooters were involved 574 recorded crimes in London.
Caroline Pidgeon, a Lib Dem London Assembly member, is worried the “speed and nimbleness” of e-scooters now offer an attractive option for some criminals.” Currently, the most powerful privately-owned e-scooters around the UK can reach up to 68 mph (110 km/h) but rental e-scooters in the UK have maximum limits of 15.5mph (24.9km/h). Additionally, membership programmes are generally required to rent an e-scooter, which should aid in identification.
Finally, the political response from the UK is reasonable: “The needs of pedestrians and disabled people should “never be sacrificed”, she says, and it is vital e-scooters are not ridden irresponsibly or left cluttered on pavements”, said Pidgeon.