Whilst the 16-year-old boy’s family deserve condolences from us all after the 20-year-old drunk driver – who has since been arrested – disgracefully fled the scene of the hit-and-run in Southborough Lane, Bromley, one has to ask: “What was a child doing roaming the roads on one of these dangerous devices in the dark at 1.20am in the first place?”
Elsewhere this weekend, the inept council that is the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea delivered a no doubt very costly, full-colour 8-page leaflet to residents. In it, they banged on about how “Kensington and Chelsea has become of the first boroughs in London where you can rent, ride and park e-scooters.”
Shamelessly saluting operators Lime, Dott and TIER, the unnamed author of the article about these mobile deathtraps claimed “safety will be at the core of the trial with scooters only allowed on roads and cycleways, not pavements.”
When The Steeple Times contacted RBKC’s environmental health team for their thoughts on Sunday’s death and whether this would affect their trial of such devices this morning, a hapless worker pathetically replied: “It’s above my pay grade to comment. I don’t know who I could put you through to I’m afraid.”
A graduate of the London School of Economics, Matthew Steeples is a writer and marketing consultant. He conceived The Steeple Times as a media arena to fill the void between the Mail Online, The Huffington Post and such organs as the New York Social Diary in 2012.