Voi e-scooter riders in Birmingham ‘turning to cars’ after controversial scheme axed

Up to Voi 10,000 e-scooter Weekly riders forces to switch elsewhere

Up to 10,000 e-scooter users had been using the transport each week in Birmingham – but scores are now turning to using cars, the firm which supplied the mode of transport said. It comes after the controversial trial was scrapped last month.


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Critics argue that e-scooters allegedly led to a number of crashes or posed dangers by being ridden on pavements. While some users failed to wear helmets.

TfWM said there was a lack of clarity around national e-scooter legislation. While West Midlands Mayor Andy Street said it was vital authorities evaluated and learnt lessons before moving forward with future schemes.

It comes after 12-year-old Mustafa Nadeem died when an e-scooter he was riding on crashed with a bus on Belchers Lane, near McDonald’s, in the Bordesley Green area of Birmingham, on December 6, last year.

Voi e-scooter riders in Birmingham ‘turning to cars’ after controversial scheme axed – Birmingham Live (birminghammail.co.uk)

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