E-scooters: Transport associations draw critical balance after severe accidents

:Transport associations draw a critical balance after severe accidents


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Berlin –

Barely a month after the approval of e-scooters, transport associations have taken a critical interim balance. The German Road Safety Council and the ADAC demanded in the face of first accidents, a better education on security threats. From Berlin and other cities have been reported since the admission partly severe accidents, said Christian Kellner, Chief Executive of the Road Safety Council, the German Press Agency. “It shows how dangerous driving with e-scooters is and how much it is underestimated by some.”

Urgently necessary is a broad enlightenment. “Everyone needs to know how to drive with the vehicles and when which accident risks exist.” Also demanded are the manufacturers and sharing providers, who could provide safety instructions directly via app or via the e-scooter.

“Trip hazards on the sidewalks”

“Increasingly, inadvertently parked e-scooters trip tripping on the sidewalks,” said Kellner. That must be prevented – also that these vehicles are used in pairs. “Should the accident situation continue to deteriorate and more people should be admitted to hospitals with head injuries and fractures, we must think about wearing a helmet,” said Kellner. “Then the federal government would have to adjust the regulation accordingly with the states.”

E-scooters are allowed to run fast between 6 and 20 kilometers per hour and must have a steering or handrail. Also required are two brakes, lights and a “glowing bell”. You are allowed from 14 years, a helmet is not there. E-scooters must cycle on bike paths – if there is no, it must be the road surface.

Numerous accidents and cashing charges

In recent weeks, according to police, there have already been some accidents on the roads and sidewalks. So far, at least seven e-scooter accidents and at least eight seriously injured persons with broken bones and head injuries have been registered in Berlin. Frankfurt and Hamburg reported a single-digit number of accidents, Munich has so far counted at least six. In Stuttgart, the authority initially no accidents were known. In Saxony, scooters powered by electricity have hardly played a role so far.

In addition, many e-scooter drivers have already been charged with cautions in the cities – often because they were drunk on the scooters, in pairs or on the sidewalk.

Traffic Safety Council and ADAC warn

Traffic Safety Counsel Kellner said the coalition’s goal was to reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured in traffic. In addition to comprehensive education measures, this would include investing in infrastructure measures. Roads had to be made safer, there had to be enough space for the unprotected road users to be created – so sure that you could arrive safely with e-scooters.

A spokeswoman for the ADAC pointed to increasing problems with the e-scooters. The Automobile Club appeals to users to behave responsibly, defensively and proactively. Drivers on the e-scooter are “defenseless”, in the case of falls and accidents could cause serious injuries. It is important to think in advance about the possible route and avoid routes without bike path as possible.

“Engagement could be significantly bigger”

The fact that it comes in rows to alcohol rides, show for the ADAC the need for increased education: “E-scooters are motor vehicles, there are the same strict rules as when driving.” That is also true in view of speed and danger. Used with reason, however, e-scooters could be a good supplement especially in the cities.

The ADAC considers it positive that individual lenders use their apps to provide additional safety information. “The commitment could, however, be significantly greater,” says the spokeswoman. It is conceivable, for example, that lenders and manufacturers offer training: “It is in the interest of manufacturers and distributors that it does not come to a scooter chaos in our cities.” (Dpa)