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Experts should think twice before buying an e-scooter as a gift this Christmas.

“Think before giving an electric scooter this Christmas”: Experts say riders are at risk of injury, fines and even driver’s license points

  • Experts warn people to think twice before buying an e-scooter
  • Last year, there were 484 casualties involving popular cars.
  • Riders may also violate the law by riding on public roads
  • Accidents can lead to fines, insurance increases and even driver’s license points


Consumers need to rethink because of the high number of accidents before buying an electric scooter as a Christmas present this year.

According to the British Insurance Association (ABI), in 2020, e-scooters were involved in 484 casualties, more than one daily.

Since 2018, it said there have been an estimated 29 deaths associated with their use.

It is not illegal to own, buy or sell an electric scooter, but it can only be used on private land.

This means that it is illegal to ride on public roads, paved roads, and motorbike lanes unless the area is part of a government test on the use of public electric scooters.

E-scooters will be a popular Christmas gift this year, but users have been warned about injuries

Nonetheless, many say they have seen devices used in public places, and many claim to have witnessed the resulting injuries.

According to More Than Insurance data, about 31% of people have witnessed an electric scooter crash into a car or pedestrian.

Another 83% said they saw e-scooters riding along the pavement, even though they were not allowed.

As a result, ABI encourages people to rethink before buying as a gift.

Electric scooter riders are at risk of serious injury to themselves, other road users and pedestrians, and users are eight times more likely to suffer head injuries than cyclists.

Currently, there are no regulatory standards to control or ensure the safety of e-scooters.

Riders may also face penalties for illegal use. If you use it on public or paved roads, you will be forced to pay a fine of £ 300 and you may earn 6 points with your driver’s license. This can affect the cost of future car insurance.

Electric scooters can also be confiscated by police.

Danger: According to the latest figures, there were 484 casualties involving e-scooters in 2020.

Danger: According to the latest figures, there were 484 casualties involving e-scooters in 2020.

Laura Hughes, ABI’s non-life insurance manager, said:

“But now, electronic scooters that are illegally used on roads and pavements are dangerous to owners, other road users and pedestrians.

“To enable them to reach their full potential, it is imperative that the government develop strong regulations on construction and use to make the movement of electric scooters as safe as possible.”

E-scooters can affect your car insurance

He also warned the driver to be careful when operating one of the scooters as it could affect the insurance policy.

An increasing number of car policyholders are being convicted of IN10 by police for driving without insurance while using a privately owned electric scooter in a public place.

IN10 convictions must be filed with the insurance company and may affect the terms of future insurance policies, but future insurance acquisition is more difficult and costly.

Matthew Avery, Chief Strategic Research Director at Thatcham Research, added:

“Without a quick response, moving an electric scooter, which is 100 times more dangerous than riding a bicycle, continues to pose a real risk not only to users, but also to pedestrians, drivers and people with disabilities.

“It is illegal to ride an electric scooter on public roads, except in government trials.

“And important safety features aren’t yet required by regulation, but if you give your loved one an electric scooter this Christmas, you could go behind an ambulance or police car.”

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Experts should think twice before buying an e-scooter as a gift this Christmas.

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