Stand-on scooters – whether electric or otherwise – should be banned. These devices are utter menaces in public spaces and many now rightly question whether they are safe in any area at all.
Rightly this week, in the wake of the death of a vlogger named Emily Hartridge on an electric device in Battersea, the Metropolitan Police have decided to finally clamp down on these dangerous contraptions. Over 100 users have been stopped and, as reported here in The Steeple Times earlier this week, our own editor reported on how a stand-on scooter wielding nightmare named Ambar Zohra bashed into an elderly lady and then shamefully didn’t even bother to apologise.
Speaking to Metro earlier this week, a YouTuber, Noel Forrest, remarked:
“Emily [Hartridge] was one of my best friends, we grew up together. She was a very expressive, kind and caring person. It’s just so very sad. This is a tragedy but some good should come from it. Clearly e-scooters are not safe. Why allow the sale of something that is not safe? The existing ban should be enforced and extended to cover their sale.”
As Colin Wingrave of the Metropolitan Police pointed out on the BBC’s Breakfast programme this morning: “Electric scooters should not be on the pavement or the road.” Michael Hurwitz of Transport for London, rightly added: “They need at the very least to be regulated.”
We would go further: Ban these blessed nuisances. Stand-on scooters, be they manual or electric, belong in nowhere but scrapyards.