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Hundreds of e-scooter collisions but data is tip of the iceberg, says GLA

New data has revealed a spike in e-scooter collisions in the capital.

Illegal e-scooter riders were involved in a record number of collisions in London, new figures show.

One of the capital's politicians warned the figures were "just the tip of the iceberg".

Official data released by the GLA’s police and crime spokesperson revealed there were 258 collisions involving an e-scooter over the first six months of 2021.

That compared to just nine incidents in 2018.

Unmesh Desai AM, who obtained the figures from a written question to the Mayor of London, said that the illegal use of e-scooters is putting “Londoners at risk of significant harm”.

The capital is running a trial for e-scooter hire but concern is continuing over private bikes which remain illegal to use in areas that are not part of the initiative.

Transport for London has now banned the vehicles from Tube trains after one caught fire in a carriage.

According to the Met Police, 3,637 privately owned e-scooters were seized by officers between January and November 2021.

The figures add to concerns already raised by Police and Crime Commissioners and safety campaigners.

One of Northern Ireland’s peers has urged the PSNI to step up enforcement action against riders as the legislation limiting them to private land remains.

Lord Rogan said: “If we want to avoid the volume of e-scooter accidents in Great Britain being replicated in Northern Ireland, this ban must be enforced.”

Campaign groups, including disability rights activists, have highlighted the risks posed for older people and those who are partially sighted.

Labour’s London Assembly Policing and Crime Spokesperson, Unmesh Desai AM, said they were right to be alarmed.

He said: “The use of illegal e-scooters on our roads and pavements is putting Londoners at risk of significant harm- especially the most vulnerable in our communities such as people with limited mobility, visual impairments and hearing loss.

“Whilst it is concerning that these figures are likely to be just the tip of the iceberg, it has been encouraging to see the scale of enforcement action taken by TfL and the Met Police so far.” 

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