Bad news, E-Scooter fans: The motorised machines are now banned on any and all public transport in London. Whilst the safety of these powered scooters is debatable and have become something of a nuisance and worry for drivers, the banning isn’t because you might accidentally run someone over on a train.

The reason for the swift outlawing is that they’ve proven to be a fire hazard, and the things keep combusting rather unhelpfully, causing a fair amount of damage and bother for TFL and property in London. Safety concerns were raised a few days ago after an E-Scooter decided to light itself up on a tube train.

The ban will include all E-Scooters and E-Unicycles (which I had no idea was a thing until writing this), but will not however include mobility scooters that are permitted on the TFL, nor will it include foldable E-bikes.

The ban will include all E-Scooters and E-Unicycles...

The ban will apply to all of TFL’s services, including the Tube, buses, Overground, TfL Rail, Trams and DLR.

The ban of the E-vehicles came in on Monday, after TFL concluded that defective lithium batteries had ruptured and caught fire, releasing toxic smoke into the environment. Nasty! They further concluded that the exploding scooters could pose a serious injury risk to passengers and staff, as well as creating a panic.

Exploding scooters could pose a serious injury risk to passengers and staff...

The tube scooter-fire incident occurred at Parson’s Green Station (which seems to have had a string of bad luck), and while no one was injured, one person suffered from smoke inhalation. The culprit would appear to be dodgy third-party batteries sourced off the internet that haven’t been properly safety tested. The London Fire Brigade has been in support of the ban, with many of its fire-fighters being the ones to investigate the spontaneous combustions.

The LFB commented that “Fires are dangerous and terrifying wherever they happen, but a fire on the transport network has the potential to become very serious very quickly and involve hundreds of people, particularly on trains where evacuation may be challenging, so anything that can be done to mitigate that risk is a positive step.”

No-one wants their property to randomly blow up in their face (literally)...

All of this brings to mind the famous exploding Samsung phones from several years ago, and no-one wants their property to randomly blow up in their face (literally), so the ban seems like a pretty good idea. Of course, a lot of people will be hoping that this is the first step to a flat out ban, and have them scoot off from the capital entirely, but for now, the whizzing machines will be staying on London’s roads.


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