I appreciate the concerns of my constituents, and the concerns of the charity Guide Dogs, about the e-scooter trials that are currently running across the UK. In particular, I understand the danger that the misuse of e-scooters could pose for people with sight loss, as they operate quietly making them difficult to notice and avoid.
In the trial areas, we have already seen alarming reports of unsafe and anti-social behaviour, pedestrians injured in collisions, and illegal private e-scooter use increasing.
Just 5 days into the trial in Coventry, the scheme was paused by Coventry City Council amid safety concerns and reports that the scooters were being ridden on pavements. The scooters were also reportedly being discarded across Coventry and being driven the wrong way up one-way streets.
I have written to Rachel Maclean, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport, and asked her to pause the trials until the Government can be sure that they are operated in a safe way. I have posted a copy of this letter below: