An e-scooter safety campaign will be launched in Slough during the school holidays.
Neuron, in partnership with the Slough Borough Council and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), is launching a Summer of Safe Riding campaign to remind users how to drive safely.
Neuron, which operates Slough’s e-scooter program, urges parents to remind their children under 18 not to use the scooters, nor should anyone “tandem” the front of an adult’s e-scooter.
Cllr Wayne Strutton (Con, Haymill, and Lynch Hill) previously told the Express that one of the “big problems” with e-scooters is the way they are “scattered on the sidewalks,” citing issues related to them The scooters had been raised blocking driveways and restricting access for people with disabilities.
In June, a Slough resident started a petition to end the e-scooter program because of safety concerns.
The operator now reminds users to “always park responsibly” and encourages users to park their e-scooters parallel to the curb, with “consideration for other road users, including the visually impaired”.
Slough e-scooters are also equipped with a range of safety features, including a hard hat attached to the e-scooter, as well as a “Follow my Ride” function for friends and family and a button to call emergency services when a driver has a fall.
Neuron added that the e-scooters and helmets will continue to be sanitized to protect users from COVID-19.
Nathan Davies, Executive Head of Policy and Portfolio at RoSPA, said, “E-scooters are a safe and socially detached transportation option, and they will be a great way to get around Slough this summer.
“As we approach the summer vacation and further relaxation of the COVID rules, it is important that drivers are made aware of the road rules, including how to drive safely and responsibly.
“All Neuron e-scooters come with a helmet, and we ask drivers to use them at all times and to follow the basic safety rules and tips. In addition, users are reminded that driving dangerously or under the influence of alcohol is illegal. “
A Slough Borough Council spokesperson said, “We are delighted that the e-scooters are already helping to reduce traffic jams in the district and improve air quality, and we are excited to be taking advantage of the e-scooters this summer see.
“Neuron e-scooters have several important safety features and innovative technologies to ensure the safety of the driver. Before the summer holidays, it is important that the drivers use the e-scooters safely and responsibly and are aware of the safe driving rules. “
The operator has provided some rules and tips for safe driving:
- Drivers must be at least 18 years old
- Must have a provisional or full driver’s license
- No driving on sidewalks
- Helmets are not mandatory, but their use is highly recommended
- A driver for e-scooters
- Keep a safe distance from pedestrians
- Do not drive under the influence of alcohol or other substances
- Be vigilant and remove headphones
- Keep both hands on the handlebars
- Keep a safe distance from other vehicles, especially when turning
- Park responsibly and do not cause an obstruction
“Please note that failure to comply with the rules can lead to police prosecution as well as points or the complete loss of a driver’s license,” said a statement.
“Should anyone see a driver breaking these rules, please report the exact time, location and license plate to our 24/7 customer service center.”