The trial of an E-biker who allegedly killed a pedestrian is proof that these menacing machines should be banned or at least regulated
Thomas Hanlon allegedly hit 56-year old Sakine Chihan on his E-bike as she crossed Kingsland Road in Dalston at around 5pm on 28th August 2018.
Cihan suffered serious head injuries and later died in hospital and now Hanlon faces trial on 24th February 2020 accused of causing death by careless driving, causing death whilst uninsured and causing death whilst unlicensed.
Whilst Hanlon is yet to enter a plea, the prosecutor in the case, Nathan Rasiah, has suggested that the bike was travelling at well in excess of the legal power-assisted speed of 15.5 miles per hour and thus breaking the law.
Here, as with E-scooters, is evidence that these contraptions are a danger on both the pavement and the road and here is evidence that at the very least they be better regulated. We’d simply prefer they were banned outright.