As of 4th July 2020, the UK has finally allowed rental e-scooters to be out on public roads. The trial has been launched a year earlier due to the COVID-19 pandemic which has created an environment where we should socially distance ourselves from others. There is a fear among citizens to use public transport, so there has been a rise in the use of cars, motorbikes and private hire vehicles
As a result, congestion and traffic are at an all-time high even during lockdown. E-scooters, e-bikes and even bicycles are making a comeback on the UK streets. Their compact size means that they don’t take up much space on the roads. But this can affect the automotive industry as it may drastically reduce the usage of cars.
Concerns on credibility
Throughout history, revolutionary changes have made sure that society has moved forward to create a better future. In 1865, Britain’s “Red Flag Act” made it easier for people to accept more advanced vehicles such as cars and motorways, which was an upgrade from horse carts.
E-scooters and e-bikes are now facing similar resistance over this change. Previously, the UK government had raised concerns over the safety of electric scooters, which has been somewhat ended by their inquiry before the start of e-scooter trials.
Over time, more and more concerns will arise about these revolutionary vehicles, but if there is anything that history has shown us, is that change is inevitable and necessary. This pandemic has changed many aspects of our lives and it will continue doing so and we must learn to adapt to this “new normal”.
Although, there has been much speculation going around about the safety that e-scooters have, there is no denying the benefits we can gain from having these smart, environmentally friendly vehicles on the streets. The automotive industry is also taking inspiration from this green initiative to create more electric vehicles in the near future.
At the end of the day, the e-scooter trials will bring about a decision as to whether or not these vehicles will be a permanent fixture on our streets. It may be that our bicycle lanes and tracks might be overrun with these small, electric vehicles. E-scooter enthusiasts, much like ourselves at Scootz, are hopeful that this is just a stepping stone in the legalisation of these vehicles.