Commuters say illegal e-scooters are safe despite death of British YouTuber

Following the death of TV star Emily Hartridge, who was riding her e-scooter before she was hit by a lorry, the safety around the scooters as a mode of transport around the capital is being questioned, especially as they are not legal to ride on pavements or on the road.

Hartridge, who presented online series "10 Reasons Why," was killed in a collision with a lorry while riding one of the increasingly popular vehicles.

London's Metropolitan Police said a woman in her 30s on a scooter died in a crash Friday at a busy intersection. Police didn't name her, but Hartridge's death was confirmed by YouTube and her boyfriend.

Nick Lloyd of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents said it was Britain's first death involving an e-scooter.

It's illegal in the UK to ride motorised scooters on roads, nor are they allowed on the pavements. The only place they can be ridden is on private land, with the permission of the landowner.

Riders currently face a £300 fixed-penalty notice and six points on their driving licence for riding an e-scooter.

The e-scooters are classified as Personal Light Electric Vehicles (PLEVs), so they are treated as motor vehicles. Therefore they are subject to all the rules a motor vehicle is subject to - MOT, tax, licensing and construction requirements - such as having visible rear red lights, number plates and signalling ability.

Electric scooters do not have all these, so they are not legal for British roads.

London police said Monday that a teenager is in critical condition after a separate e-scooter accident. Elsewhere, in the US the AP has reported that since January 2018, at least 11 electric scooter riders have died in road traffic accidents, while Paris had its first electric scooter fatality last month when a young man was hit by a lorry.

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