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Moment man illegally riding on e-scooter while carrying a young child sat by his feet ran through red light at crossroads
- The near collision was on Ribbleton Road, in Preston, Lancashire on Monday
- Dashcam footage showed small child sat by the riders feet as he ran a red light
- Private e-scooters are set to be legalised for use on roads in Britain under new laws that will be unveiled next month
This is the moment an e-scooter driver recklessly cuts straight into the path of an oncoming car while a child precariously clings to the base of the scooter.
Dashcam footage recorded the shock of a man and a woman when the electric scooter nearly collided with their car after whizzing around a corner in Preston, Lancashire, on Monday.
‘Wow’, the woman says following the near miss, before the rash driver paces ahead, breaking a red light.
‘Dear god, he’s got a child on that!’, she added.
As the car stops at a red light on Ribbleton Road, in Preston, Lancashire, the reckless driver races ahead with the child unsafely positioned at his feet
‘Dear god, he’s got a child on that!’, one passenger is heard saying as he speeds off after breaking the red light
Audibly taken aback, the man describes the scooter drivers’ conduct as ‘bloody ridiculous’, as his fellow passenger notes that the driver ‘never looked what were behind him’.
‘And they want to make them legal’, the man said.
Following the incident, which occurred on Ribbleton Road, in Preston, Lancashire, one of the passengers, who wants to remain anonymous, said: ‘I don’t usually travel through this area. I was completely shocked and could not believe what I saw.
‘I could only think it may have been a joke on the riders part and not a real child but it looked like a real child. But the ignoring the red traffic light was not a joke.’
The road user said they were concerned about the legalisation of electric scooters – particularly ‘some of the idiots that will be able to use them’.
‘I have been in Liverpool and seen some dangerous riding of the ones on trial by the council. I believe they should not be legalised.’
Private e-scooters are due to be legalised for use on roads in Britain under new laws that will be unveiled next month, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has indicated to MPs.
Currently there is no specific legislation for e-scooters and, while it is legal to buy and sell e-scooters in the UK, there are limitations on where they can be used.
In April, Mr Shapps told MPs that legislation concerning e-scooters would be included in the Queen’s Speech on 10th May, when the Government unveils its next legislative agenda.
Appearing before the House of Commons’ Transport Committee, the Transport Secretary said: ‘In the future I want to crack down on the illegal use on roads of non-compliant e-scooters.’
What are the laws on e-scooters?
Renting an e-scooter is the only way to legally ride the vehicle on some public roads or in other public place at the moment.
But the controversial vehicles could be approved for use across the UK following a trial period. Currently, 10 London boroughs are taking part in the scheme with three providers to test how e-scooters work on the capital’s roads.
Riding e-scooters on the pavement however is banned, and riders must be 18 or over and have a full or provisional driving licence to rent one.
It is also illegal to use privately owned e-scooters or other powered transporters on public roads.
Relevant laws on e-scooter use include:
On public roads, anyone using a privately owned e-scooter or other powered transporter is likely to be committing at least one of a number of offences such as driving a motor vehicle with no insurance. You could be liable for a fixed penalty of £300 and six points on your driving licence
On pavements, it is generally an offence to drive a motor vehicle, and this applies at all times to e-scooters and powered transporters
E-scooters and powered transporters may be used on private land with permission from the landowner or occupier
E-scooters rented from the TfL scheme will be permitted to ride on London’s public roads and cycle infrastructure in participating boroughs.
These boroughs will designate no-go areas where e-scooters cannot be ridden and will come to a safe stop, as well as go-slow areas, where the speed of e-scooters will be reduced to 8mph