A sensible comment on a electric scooter deal.....mods remove please (y)
It's a mistake to regulate something before we've had a debate about what we want. Just because kids have found a new way to be annoying is not a good reason to block something because old people decide they don't like it (I am old btw) Stealing is a design issue, bikes get stolen because everything on them can be removed and sold. Make a lock an integral part of the scooter and you'd have to break it in half to steal it. That leaves you with some batteries as salvage. Public transport is inconvenient and only follows set routes, great for getting to work, bad at everything else. I was always walking home in London after dark, and always walking to friends houses. Also most cities were never planned with good transport links in mind, they had to dig up most of Sheffield to add trams Helmets: it's their head, and I see this as a self solving Darwin award issue. Actually we should remove warning labels on most things to improve the gene pool. Tax/Insurance: again, scooters solve many transport and access issues for poor people. Making transport a rich person's thing is just like enforcing laws with fines, it only ever affects poor people. If you are going down that route then why not add in cyclists, horse riders, cats, dogs and joggers? Then create a antagonistic legal suing culture like America and see who really likes living under that scenario. The risk that scooters pose to other people is low, and can be held in check with existing laws Cars are over the top for most journeys, which are 99% commuting to work and shopping. We are not far off having to rethink the whole idea of personal 2 ton chunks of metal whizzing about. (and I love having my own car/bike, even though it sits there doing nothing most of the time)
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So you obviously took a pic of this noteworthy event. Or didn't you?
Scooters need proper regulations Tax and insurance Compulsory helmets ...and of course they would still be nicked in hell holes like London If in London; use public transport , bicycles (cheap ones) or a combination of bothI agree cars are not needed or wanted by many Londoners I have a bike and use it whenever possible