Published: 11:23, 11 June 2021
| Updated: 11:28, 11 June 2021
We've seen more and more people across Kent buzzing around on electric scooters in recent months.
And while they seem a convenient and environmentally-friendly way of getting around - are the vehicles putting the public at risk?
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KentOnline revealed yesterday how a student has pleaded guilty to dangerous driving after crashing an e scooter into a mum-of-three - leaving her with serious injuries.
Joshua Mpia, 19, had been free-wheeling a privately-owned e scooter at about 20mph along the pavement in Canterbury when he ploughed into Pauline Lilford, who suffered two broken limbs.
Meanwhile, a man from Ramsgate was this week charged with riding one of the two-wheelers while over the legal alcohol limit.
Today, a Gravesend man accused of a similar offence was due to appear in court.
And a young boy was warned by police in Maidstone after being caught riding an e scooter dangerously on the street.
The vehicles are illegal to ride in public areas unless rented as part of government-backed trials, like one currently taking place in Canterbury.
This scheme has recently been expanded for a second time, now encompassing peripheral areas outside the city.
But Kent's Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Scott says such trials should be stopped.
He warns inconsiderate riders are becoming a "menace" and that "too many people are using them in places they shouldn't".
This morning, Canterbury's Labour MP Rosie Duffield also expressed concern - but stopped short of calling for an outright ban.
She tweeted: "I hear from many concerned residents about near-misses and more serious accidents involving e scooters.
"We must iron out these problems as sustainable travel is a vital step towards tackling climate change - but it must not be at the expense of public safety."
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