E-scooter crashes in London increased by almost 2,800% in the first half of 2021 compared to the full year of 2018, new figures show.
According to the Met Police, there were 258 clashes in the capital in the first six months of last year.
In the whole of 2018 there were only nine. The number rose to 38 the following year before rising to 266 in 2020.
Figures show dozens of people were injured after being hit by e-scooters in the UK last year
Privately owned e-scooters are a common sight on the streets and sidewalks in UK cities, although they are only legal to use on private property.
About 3,637 of the scooters were seized by the Met Police between January and November 2021 and any owners who wish to retrieve them will have to pay £ 150 and a daily storage fee of £ 10.
Last June, London, along with dozen of cities across the UK, launched a government trial e-scooter rental program that began in July 2020.
These include several safety measures, such as speed limits and automatic lights.
Transport for London (TfL) banned private e-scooters on his network last month after someone went up in flames at Parsons Green tube station.
Numbers “probably just the tip of the iceberg”
The new data was collected by the London Labor Assembly’s police and crime spokesman, Unmesh Desai.
Mr Desai, who received the numbers in response to a question to London Mayor Sadiq Khan, said: “Using illegal e-scooters on our streets and sidewalks is putting Londoners at risk, particularly the most vulnerable in our communities such as B. People with reduced mobility, visual impairment and hearing loss.
“While it is worrying that these numbers are likely just the tip of the iceberg, it is encouraging to see the extent of the enforcement action taken by TfL and the Met Police so far.
“My message to Londoners is that the only legal way to use an e-scooter in the capital is to have a test run by TfL and London councils in certain districts.”
A 74-year-old was killed on New Years Day in Manchester when he crashed into two parked cars with his e-scooter.