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E-scooter trial chaos sees 1,000 riders handed bans: Liverpool had spike in complaints

E-scooter trial chaos sees 1,000 riders handed bans: Liverpool had spike in complaints and accidents involving the vehicles during trial scheme

  • More than 1,000 people banned following a spike in complaints and accidents 
  • Vehicles linked to serious collisions, including riders with life-changing injuries 
  •  There have also been complaints about the scooters being driven by children


More than 1,000 people have been barred from using electric scooters during a city’s trial scheme.

The figures emerged following a spike in complaints and accidents in Liverpool.

The vehicles have been linked to several serious collisions, including nine cases where riders had life-changing injuries.

Operators Voi said over 1,000 people had been banned for seven days for antisocial riding

One female rider lost a finger and a passenger on an e-scooter suffered a serious leg injury when his suspected drunk driver lost control and they both fell off.

Operators Voi said over 1,000 people had been banned for seven days for antisocial riding. 

They are one of several operators who have launched e-scooter schemes in more than 50 English towns and cities over the past 18 months.

Although the scooters are designed to carry one person, drivers with passengers hanging on to the back of them have become common. 

A man wearing a dark jacket, short blue jeans and a backpack was filmed riding an electric scooter through the Queensway Tunnel in Liverpool

A man wearing a dark jacket, short blue jeans and a backpack was filmed riding an electric scooter through the Queensway Tunnel in Liverpool

There have also been complaints about the scooters being driven by children as young as ten on main roads and causing an obstruction to pedestrians – especially blind and disabled people.

Voi said: ‘The [ban] figures reflect the positive and successful collaboration between Voi, Liverpool City Council, and the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority to clamp down on a tiny percentage of people engaging in anti-social behaviour and misuse of our service.’

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