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Legalizing e-scooters could pose a threat to road safety, MPA warns

Mineral Products Association

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The Mineral Products Association has responded to the Government’s consultation on the ‘Future of Mobility’ with a strong call for e-scooters to be banned from shared roads, not legalized.

Citing serious safety concerns that make micro-mobility devices such as e-scooters much more vulnerable than bicycles, the association strongly urged Government not to press ahead with their legalization.

MPA and its members have worked hard over the last decade to improve safe transportation of our products by HGVs. MPA is a champion of the Construction Logistics and Community Safety standard, supporting high standards amongst our membership who are actively engaged in ensuring we minimize risk to cyclists, pedestrians, and all other road users.

MPA’s members who operate in London are already compliant with the Direct Vision Standard there and all transport operators in our membership accredited to a high standard such as ISO39001 or FORS.

Robert McIlveen, Director of Public Affairs at MPA, said:

“Compared to bicycles, e-scooters are less visible, less stable and less able to cope with potholes and other road hazards. MPA and our members have worked hard over the years promoting shared road safety and we believe that introducing new, more dangerous types of vehicle is neither safe nor sensible.”

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