Consensus on how to deal with electric scooters tends to be elusive, not just here but also elsewhere. This is evident in the resistance among some to the possible registration of e-scooters, as recommended by the Active Mobility Advisory Panel. The proposal aims to check reckless riding, which has led to deaths and numerous accidents. Interest groups and retailers, however, argue that registration is a blunt form of regulation.
Mobility devices in general are welcome as they can play a part to promote active lifestyles, reduce dependence on motor vehicles, and encourage greater use of public transport. There is also support for devices that help the elderly to make short trips on their own and foster the ethos of independent living. But a free-for-all approach to personal mobility devices would be ill advised for a range of persuasive reasons.
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