In parallel with the launch of public, regulated trials of e-scooters across England, private, and currently illegal, e-scooter use on our roads and in other public spaces has increased. While the government-approved e-scooter rental trials are intended to assess safety, there is little or no current measure of the impact of the safety of private e-scooter on riders and other road users.
There have been at least eleven deaths to date relating to e-scooters, and numerous injuries, including a significant number of life-changing head injuries. However, the data is sparse and disconnected.
PACTS has been awarded a grant by the Road Safety Trust to collect data relating to incidents involving these micro-mobility devices and to form recommendations for their construction and use.
Over the coming months, working with partners from a broad spectrum of backgrounds and fields of expertise, PACTS will:
- gather data of casualties involving e-scooters (riders and other road users) collected from the media, police forces and at least one major trauma centre, and publicly share it on this site;
- publish a report summarising our findings and recommendations for regulation of private e-scooters – construction and use; and,
- host a webinar to disseminate the findings.
If e-scooter use on roads and in other public places is to be legalised, PACTS wants that legislation to include evidence-based safety measures to protect the riders and other road users. With those collaborating on this project, we are committed to taking a robust, balanced and objective approach to this new mode of transport.
E-SCOOTER CASUALTY DATA
Through collaboration with the police and NHS as well as proactive monitoring of all major media platforms to gain automatic updates, PACTS is recording key information about e-scooter incidents and making it publicly accessible. We know it is incomplete but, in the absence of official data, it may be the best available.
Our latest data available for 2021 to mid-September includes over 130 injury-collisions within the UK to date, in which there were eight fatal and 51 serious injuries. This included 21 head injuries. In the previous two years (2019 and 2020) there were three deaths. The spreadsheet is freely available here.