E-scooter riders ought to put on a visual ID – do you agre…

E-scooter riders should wear a visible ID - do you agre...

SHOULD e-scooter riders and cyclists need to put on a visual ID when sharing the street? That’s what celeb defence lawyer Nick Freeman, generally known as ‘Mr. Loophole’ is advocating for. 

He believes that each cyclists and e-scooter riders – of which the UK has seen a surge of over the ‘pandemic instances’ – ought to be topic to a licensing & penalty level system, be required by regulation to make use of cycle lanes the place obtainable, and put on a ‘numbered hi-vis tabard’ referring to the rider – not the bike or e-scooter. 

He’s additionally rallying for a common algorithm for all street customers to abide by – noting that “there are not any pace restrictions on cyclists”. Having these guidelines would additionally make it obligatory for riders to be identifiable and held accountable, and with it, a full reform of street legal guidelines.

“Till laws is launched for cyclists and e-scooter riders, their anonymity will trump their accountability,” says Freeman, including that: “Now we have to know at anyone time who’s on them. What’s the purpose in saying now we have enforcement – rushing legal guidelines, drink driving legal guidelines – in the event you don’t know who you’re coping with.”

If you happen to’ve been to a much bigger metropolis within the UK (e.g. Manchester & London) or overseas within the current few years, you’ll have seen e-scooters zipping round on streets the place they’re being trialled (or simply ridden anyway). 

Regardless of this, the regulation nonetheless at the moment states that it’s unlawful to journey e-scooters on public land (pavements, cycle lanes and roads) until rented, and topic to a £300 superb and factors in your licence, and cyclists don’t all the time have a licence to place factors on.

Freeman is searching for the Highway Visitors Act, which he labels as an anachronism that must be introduced updated, to ‘have some enamel’; “There must be one algorithm for everyone: cyclists, e-scooter riders and vehicles”

Mr. Loophole says he has help from motorists and cyclists, noting {that a} petition to ‘make the roads safer’ can be accepted by all street customers, as till then “There’s going to be a massacre until the federal government will get maintain of it and cope with it proportionately and responsibly.”

Would a mass-licencing scheme work for the e-scooter world?

The counter-argument right here is that this can want an unimaginable quantity of funding and logistical backing to make work. Licences would should be made, a database managed, and tabards handed out – and worn! It might additionally function a deterrent to cyclists to leap on two wheels, which fits in opposition to the eco-friendly strategy now common in law-making.

On the coronary heart of his issues are the welfare of street customers, with cyclists and e-scooterists amongst probably the most weak on the street – however is that this the answer we’re after? In precept all of it sounds nice, however imposing a tabard-wearing regime can be one other matter solely.

There’s additionally a touch of irony in a solicitor famed for utilizing loopholes to get his purchasers out of bother heading a reform to the Highway Visitors Act to make the roads safer, thoughts.

Freeman’s petition is at the moment sitting at over 4500 signatures, ought to it attain 10,000 will probably be responded to by the federal government. 

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Extra quotes obtainable from the Manchester Evening News article.

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