Woman in her 30s riding an electric scooter is knocked down by a lorry and dies in south London amid growing concerns about their safety
- A woman in her 30s died after her e-scooter was in a collision with a HGV
- The woman was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident in Battersea
- The incident happened at Queen’s Circus roundabout at 8.30 this morning
- According to the Metropolitan Police using e-scooters on the road is illegal
A woman has died after being struck by a lorry while riding an electric scooter, police said.
The victim, in her 30s, was pronounced dead at the scene in Battersea, south-west London.
The crash happened at Queen’s Circus roundabout shortly after 8.30 this morning.
A Metropolitan Police spokeswoman said her next of kin are yet to be informed.
A woman in her 30s has been killed after the e-scooter she was riding was involved in a collision with a HGV in Battersea, south west London around 8.30 this morning. The road, pictured, was closed for several hours following the incident
A police officer gathers the woman’s helmet and places it in an evidence bag close to the scene where she died this morning. The crash happened at Queen’s Circus roundabout, where a cyclist was killed by a bin lorry last July
No arrests have been made.
A London Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: ‘We sent an advanced paramedic, two ambulance crews, an incident response officer and two medics in cars to the scene, with the first of our medics arriving in under four minutes.
‘Sadly, despite the extensive efforts of medics, a woman died at the scene.’
Several roads were closed while the scene was investigated, including Chelsea Bridge and Nine Elms Lane.
Transport for London and Wandsworth Council redesigned the roundabout in 2015.
This trialled the use of raised kerbs and separate traffic lights to keep cyclists and vehicles segregated at junctions, but concerns were raised that the new layout was too complicated.
A cyclist was killed at the roundabout in July last year after being hit by a bin lorry.
A Department of Transport spokesperson said: ‘We extend our deepest sympathies to all those involved in this tragic incident, and fully support the police as they carry out their investigations.
‘Safety is at the heart of all our road laws and it is important that retailers continue to remind people at the point of sale that it is illegal to ride e-scooters on public roads.’
Can you legally use an e-scooter on the road or on the pavement?
According to the Department of Transport, e-scooters are classed as ‘powered transporters’ and meet the legal definition of a ‘motor vehicle’.
The Metropolitan Police say it is illegal to use e-scooters on the road and riders risk being fined or even having penalty points on their licence.
Riders also risk having their e-scooters seized by police.
In May 2019, the Metropolitan Police ran an operation in London seizing e-scooters which were being illegally used on the city’s streets
According to the Met, anyone using an e-scooter risks being fined, having their ride seized and even having penalty points attached to their licence
The Met has warned e-scooter users from riding their machines on the road
The Department of Transport said e-scooters are covered by the 1988 Road Traffic Act, which also includes Segways, hoverboards, go-peds (combustion engine-powered kick scooters), powered unicycles, and u-wheels’.
The ban does not apply to electrically-assisted pedal bicycles.
According to the Department of Transport: ‘For motor vehicles to use public roads lawfully, they must meet a number of different requirements. These include insurance; conformity with technical standards and standards of use; payment of vehicle tax, licensing, and registration; driver testing and licensing; and the use of relevant safety equipment.
‘If the user of a powered transporter could meet these requirements, it might in principle be lawful for them to use public roads. However, it is likely that they will find it very difficult to comply with all of these requirements, meaning that it would be a criminal offence to use them on the road.’
E-scooters are also banned from using pavements under the 1835 Highway Act.
E-scooters can be used on private land with the landowner’s permission.
Source: Department of Transport
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