A concerned mother urged e-scooter drivers to be more careful with pedestrians after one of them hit her young son’s stroller with him.
Georgie Martin had just dropped her two daughters at school when a person driving an e-scooter collided with the stroller, reported Bristol Live.
At that time the one-year-old son Solomon was sitting in the stroller, fortunately not injured by the collision.
The 34-year-old from Knowle claims that a woman on a Voi scooter crossed the street from the other side before suddenly crossing a stream of pedestrians and colliding with her stroller.
“It’s not safe and it’s not fair for people who want to leave,” Georgie explained, “and if you’re new to town it could get really dangerous.
“Especially with children, what if they got out, you know? You are unpredictable, children.
“I just think people get way too close and don’t think about what could happen.”
The e-scooter user then allegedly drove away without leaving any details, only stopped for a moment to ask if he was okay
“She was probably in shock”
Georgie said, “I think she was probably shocked by herself, but she should have got off her scooter and come across the street and she should have stopped to do” sure everything was ok.
“If I were, I wouldn’t leave until I knew this person was fine.”
And after the accident, Georgie believes Voi needs to tighten the rules for users and their monitoring.
The Swedish “micromobility” company launched a test in Bristol in 2020 that will allow people to legally drive their orange e-scooters in many parts of the city with certain restrictions such as an age limit.
It offers a range of information and instructions on its website and app, including a “safety toolkit” that advises on how to drive e-scooters correctly and helps to protect others.
One thing Georgie wants to see introduced is a device that could temporarily stop a scooter if it is involved in a collision.
She also thinks that people who ride scooters should be forced to wear helmets.
Voi has a selfie system in its app that allows users to show they are wearing a helmet and collect loyalty points as an incentive to wear one, but this is not a requirement.
His scooters should only be used on bike paths and roads and can travel up to 25 km / h, although speed is limited to 8 km / h in certain areas or 0 km / h outside the test zone.
The company can block users who break its rules and it uses geofencing technology to create driving bans, slow drives, and mandatory parking zones.
A Voi spokesman said: “Vois’ top priority is always the safety of its drivers, pedestrians and other road users. Hence, it is sad to hear that this unacceptable incident took place.
“Voi gives license plates to all of its e-scooters for easy identification, offers online and personal safety training, and has a strict ‘three strike policy’ that results in incidents of abuse leading to warnings, fines and even bans .
“We expect all Voi drivers to act responsibly to protect themselves and others, and we urge people to report abuse directly to the police or through the ‘ Sign a voi ‘ Page.”
The spokesman confirmed that the incident had been reported to them and added, “We are working hard to identify the driver and improve safety at this location.
“Once the full facts of the incident are established, we will conduct an investigation to determine whether any action needs to be taken against the person as a result.”
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