Contemporary Voi e-scooter security considerations raised as rider, 16, fights for all times after Balsall Heath crash

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Considerations over the protection of Voi e-scooters had been as soon as once more raised after a 16-year-old rider was left combating for all times in a crash. {The teenager} suffered life-threatening accidents when he collided with a automotive close to Stoney Lane in Balsall Heath, yesterday, February 20.

Voi – which runs a West Midlands trial permitting e-scooter rent – confirmed this morning {the teenager} was utilizing one among its machines. It occurred solely two months after a fair youthful boy, Mustafa Nadeem, was killed whereas using a Voi scooter when it collided with a bus as he rode to highschool.

After the tragedy, the 12-year-old’s household known as for e-scooter trial schemes throughout the UK to be banned till main security adjustments had been made.

READ MORE: Voi serving to police after e-scooter rider, 16, left combating for all times in Balsall Heath crash

His loss of life led to wider questions over the protection of the the controversial e-scooters on metropolis roads and in the event that they had been too simply accessible for kids. Voi states that solely these aged 18 or over, with a full or provisional UK driving license, can use them.

The agency beforehand warned that anybody permitting others to journey utilizing their driving licence could be banned and doubtlessly prosecuted. West Midlands Police yesterday urged witnesses of the Balsall Heath crash to contact the pressure. Voi confirmed it was working with police and had additionally launched its personal investigation into the incident.

(Picture: Birmingham Mail /Darren Quinton)

Dave Hill, commenting beneath the pressure’s Fb attraction, stated: “It is time police took these off the street utterly and Voi misplaced its license. Only some weeks in the past, a younger lad was killed. It beggars perception.”

Agreeing, Raja Jagirdar stated: “I am sick of those scooters. Loss of life lure. Ban them.”

Lauren Billingham added: “Noticed one among these scooters driving into oncoming visitors yesterday. The council wants to collect them up and scrap them.”

What’s the Voi e-scooter pilot scheme?

Birmingham’s e-scooter trial launched in September 2020. When prospects discover an e-scooter, dotted round metropolis streets, they will entry them by utilizing the Voi app. Customers should scan their driving licence and pay £1 to unlock a scooter. It is then 20p per minute to journey.

The scheme has been prolonged till Might 2024.

What are the Voi e-scooter guidelines?

Voi scooters can be utilized by individuals, aged 18 or over, in possession of a full or provisional UK driving licence. Riders ought to put on helmets and by no means journey inebriated or medication. Just one particular person is allowed on a scooter at a time they usually should be parked safely after use.

You can’t journey a privately-owned e-scooter on public roads in 2023.

What has Voi stated?

On the collision yesterday, a Voi spokesperson informed BirminghamLive: “We’re serving to West Midlands Police with their investigation right into a crash in Balsall Heath. We’ve got additionally began our personal investigation into the incident.”

Voi additionally helped West Midlands Police with its investigation into the loss of life of Mustafa Nadeem final yr. On the time, the agency stated: “Our ideas are with the deceased’s household and mates. The information of this tragic accident has shocked us deeply.”