Scooters And One Wheels

Too many “engagements” with e-scooter drivers, say Echo readers

Liverpool ECHO readers are far from convinced of the power of e-scooters in the city after calling for an urgent review of the Liverpool pilot.

Earlier this week we reported that the Liberal Democrats’ councilors called for the review after reports of a number of accidents involving the VOI scooters used in the Liverpool Pilot.

The pilot project, which enables users to pick up scooters via a smartphone app, has now been extended until next spring. It is overseen by Liverpool City Council and the urban area’s Combined Authority.

A trauma group has now been set up with the participation of the council, police and the local NHS to find out how many accidents and injuries have been linked to the use of e-scooters in the city.

In response to the concerns, the city council and the combined agency said the pilot project was “popular and successful” and was working to collect and review data on accidents.

Voi said it takes security very seriously and has introduced a number of new security features as well as holding security events in the city.

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But many people are still unconvinced and concerned about the dangers of the plan.

Many comments on ECHO’s social pages said they had seen irresponsible or illegal use of scooters across town – with several near-misses.

John Ellis said, “‘I’ve seen very close to a potential fatal accident and it’s only a matter of time before there is.”

Simon Topple said he witnessed “several near-deaths” while Jon Stuart Gill said they were used “by some irresponsibly and with total disregard for pedestrians”.

The comments suggest that the e-scooter idea is a decent one for many people when properly monitored, but that too many are using it irresponsibly.

Voi’s e-scooters are available in designated areas of Liverpool

Barry Hogg said, “Great idea these and most of the time are used properly and safely. As with anything else, there is always a knocking effect that needs police surveillance if used incorrectly.”

Lee Nethercote agreed, adding, “I think they are a brilliant idea in the right hands but need closer monitoring. They are abused by children and divvies who don’t know how to properly drive a road.”

Other issues that readers have pointed out were the fact that many scooters are strewn across sidewalks even though they should be neatly moved out of the way.

In response to concerns, a Voi spokesperson said, “To keep people safe and ensure driver responsibility, Voi scooters have license plates for easy identification and we have a 3-strike policy , through which reported incidents of antisocial behavior or abuse result in temporary or permanent bans.

“Our end-of-ride photo also provides an incentive to park safely, but if a user leaves the scooter on the ground or obstructs the sidewalk in a way that hinders pedestrians, strollers or wheelchairs, they will receive an E -Mail with a warning and a clarification message.

“After the initial warning, drivers who park their vehicles incorrectly will be fined £ 25.”

“In the UK, more than 2.8 million journeys have been made by over 316,500 users in the last seven months. In Liverpool alone, over 825,600 trips were made and over 1.7 million kilometers covered with Voi scooters.

“We estimate we’ve replaced over 295,000 short car journeys, reducing over 234 tonnes of CO2 emissions in the city of Liverpool. Almost all of these trips were completed safely, with the e-scooter being parked appropriately at the end of the trip. The data so far show that e-scooters are as safe as bicycles.

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