Shakur Pinnock with his mother Celine Fraser-Pinnock
Celine Fraser-Pinnock advocated a change in the rules after her 20-year-old son died six days after a life-threatening injury when his e-scooter collided with a car in Wolverhampton.
Shakur’s mother has called for better regulation of e-scooters and made it mandatory for drivers to wear helmets.
Ms. Fraser-Pinnock said, “I’ve seen people without them and it’s like driving without buckling up – it should be compulsory, something should be introduced.
“I think it should start with the dealers, something should be done before someone buys the e-scooter. You have to go to the source and set it up.
“You should be made aware that the e-scooter is only made for one person – it is more difficult to maneuver with two people – and there should be a strict rule.”
The 56-year-old from Wolverhampton, Scotland, said she “couldn’t find the words” to describe how she felt after her son passed away, adding that “words don’t exist”.
She also urged all motorists to take a hazard awareness test to avoid further accidents. Everyone who has qualified since 2002 has taken one before their practical driving test, but older drivers did not have to take the virtual test.
She added, “When I took my test, I never did a hazard awareness test, but it should be compulsory – even once a year people get a refresher course online – because many accidents often happen because people forget about the different ones Hazards.”
E-scooters are sold legally across the country – with high street retailers like Halfords – but they are banned from public roads unless test-rented in certain areas, including parts of the West Midlands.
Shakur was driving a private e-scooter when the accident that led to his death occurred on Prestwood Road, West Midlands Police said.
Shakur Pinnock was described by his mother Celine as fun-loving, jovial and generous after his death on Prestwood Road, Wolverhampton, where tributes were left for Shakur Pinnock
Such scooters are recognized as “motor transporters” and are subject to the same laws and regulations as motor vehicles.
That means it’s illegal to use them on public roads without meeting a number of legal requirements like insurance, road tax, and registration – which is almost impossible.
They may also not be used on areas that are intended for pedestrians, cyclists and riders – not even on the sidewalk or on bike paths.
Because of this, they’re only allowed on private properties that have been given permission by the landlord, but scooters are regularly seen on streets, sidewalks, pedestrianized streets, and in parks.
Rented e-scooters were launched in Birmingham and West Bromwich in December
However, rental e-scooters can be legally used in West Bromwich, Birmingham and Coventry as part of a national trial.
Helmets are not compulsory for the drivers of the orange Voi scooters, but are “recommended”.
Drivers must be over 18 and have a full or provisional UK driver’s license to drive the scooters, which are activated via an app and have a top speed of 25 km / h.
People can test e-scooters on the street, except on roads with a top speed of more than 50 km / h and on bike paths, but are not allowed to use them on the sidewalk. Rules also prohibit more than one person from driving them.