Londoners horrified as e-scooter rider films racing down cycle track at 43mph

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An electric scooter company has faced backlash after posting a video online of a rider doing 43mph. In a video posted to TikTok, electric scooter company Solar Scooters shared footage of a cyclist zooming along a London cycle path reaching a whopping 70kph (or around 43mph).

With the caption “Ride safe guys!!!”, the video received a mixed response. Despite racking up just under 26,000 likes, concerns have been raised not only about the high-speed gimmick, but also the legality of riding on a bike lane.

TikTok users took to the comments to share their concerns, with one writing, “Now with that speed imagine if he’s involved in a crash?” To which the company replied: “A bit like on a motorcycle?”

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Another user warned: “Be careful.” A third added: ‘Isn’t that illegal?

But this is not the first of the controversial videos released by Solar Scooters. The company, which sells the electrics at a starting price of £539.99, regularly shares images of cyclists in different locations often reaching similar speeds.

Currently electric scooters are classed as “motor transporters”, which means that private scooters require a full driver’s license, insurance and can only be driven on private land, making them illegal on the streets. The exception to this is the Electric scooter hire trial conducted by Transport for London.

Just last week (May 19), TfL announced plans to extend the 12-month program which started in June 2021 and was due to end next month. Now until November 20, this will avoid a potential legal loophole as there is no specific law that regulates and legalizes private electric scooters.

This means that until such a law was introduced, there could have been several months where they would have been illegal again. The new ‘Transport Bill’, included in the Queen’s Speech at the official opening of parliament, includes provisions that will allow electric scooters to be formally regulated.

Rental scooters in London must meet high safety standards that go beyond national standards, including a 12.5mph speed limit, larger wheels and lights that are always on throughout any rental.

MyLondon has contacted Solar Scooters for comment.

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