Family of woman killed in e-scooter crash say law around their use ‘stinks’

Grandmother Linda Davis, who died after an e-scooter crash last year.
A 14-year-old boy rode into Linda Davis, 71, after she stepped out from behind a van (Pictures: Getty)

The husband and daughter of the first pedestrian killed in a an e-scooter collision has said the law around them ‘stinks’ and called for change.

Garry Davis’s wife, Linda, died six days after being hit by a 14-year-old boy riding one on the pavement in Rainworth, Nottinghamshire, on June 2 last year.

Mr Davis, 73, had been married to his wife for 52 years and had known her since she was 15, describing her in court as his ‘spark’.

He said he wants users to have to register e-scooters in the same way people have to when buying a motorbike or a car.

Speaking to The Times, he said: ‘My wife was walking on the pavement when she got knocked down. What is one supposed to do?

‘Not long after my wife got knocked over and killed, I was coming up a main road towards an island. Two e-scooters rode straight across the road in front of me.

‘I had to break sharp and hit the kerb. If I’d hit them and knocked them off can you imagine what the press would have said? “Vengeful husband after e-scooters”. So I’ve got to be extra careful.’

Mrs Davis’s daughter, Rebecca Williams, said: ‘This boy’s choices and actions that day took my mum’s life and changed our lives forever.

‘My family and I are now living with the impact of her loss every single day. I would never wish this pain on someone else.

‘Nothing will ever repair the damage that has been done but I desperately hope my mum’s case will make children and parents think about and understand the real-life devastating consequences of illegally riding an e-scooter before they buy or use one.

‘What happened to my mum should never happen again. I want people to make sure they are fully aware of the laws regarding the use of e-scooters and the harm they can cause if they are ridden illegally or in a dangerous or antisocial manner.

‘As soon as you’re riding one you have to be responsible.’

It is illegal to use privately owned e-scooters on pavements, footpaths, cycle tracks and cycle lanes.

To be used on public roads and in public spaces lawfully they must conform to a number of requirements – including having a licence, insurance and tax.

Nottingham Magistrates Court
The 14-year-old boy pleaded guilty at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court (Picture: PA)

Person riding an electric scooter on a street in central London
E-scooters are an increasingly familiar sight on roads in the UK and around the world (Picture: Getty Images)

But the Depaartment for Transport says ‘it is likely that riders will find it very difficult to comply with all of these requirements’, meaning their use on public roads is effectively a criminal offence.

They can be used on private land, with the landowner’s permission.

They are classed as motor vehicles by the police and are subject to the same conditions, and incidents involving them are investigated in the same way.

Public hire scooters – including 1,300 available in Nottingham as part of a government trial running until 2024 – are legal on public roads and cycle lanes, provided riders are aged at least 18, hold at least a provisional driving licence and follow road traffic regulations.

Private scooters, like the one involved in the collision involving Mrs Davis, can travel in excess of 30mph, whereas public hire scooters are capped at 15.5mph.

The boy involved in the collision, who had been given the scooter just a few days before, was given a 12-month referral order and disqualified from driving for five years at Nottingham Youth Court on Wednesday.

It was said in court that he had been illegally riding on the pavement on the way to a skate park, and collided with Mrs Davis, 71, when she stepped out from behind a van.


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