I am pleased to see the insurance industry taking notice and putting their considerable weight behind calls for the government to properly regulate the use of private e-scooters. The situation at the moment is dangerous and confusing.
Whilst the use of private e-scooters is increasing, the police simply do not have the resources to tackle illegal use. Riders are putting themselves and other road users at risk by riding on public roads uninsured and without regulation.
Additionally, the fire risk presented by the e-scooters which use lithium batteries puts owners at significant risk. This was evidenced in Bristol this week where an e-scooter caught fire in someone's home. See the news article here: Dramatic photographs show the destruction caused after fire ravaged kitchen.
Robust regulations needed before e-scooter use becomes more widespread