Protesters want change in law to allow electric scooters on UK roads
Campaigners demanding a change to the Road Traffic Act to allow electric scooters on the roads have staged a protest outside Downing Street.
Protesters brought their e-scooters into central London and said the act was "outdated", claiming e-scooters provide an environmentally friendly alternative to cars.
Protest organiser Peter Williams said: "This is a peaceful protest to raise awareness of the outdated laws of the Road Traffic Act, slowing down the progress of the United Kingdom as a nation when it comes to sustainable transport initiatives.
"We should avoid using our cars and cut down on our emissions. How is it right to prosecute those who are making a change in our city to reduce congestion, pollution and the risk death in automotive collisions?
"How can you expect us to meet environmental targets if you encourage for people to use diesel-hungry buses, cars and motorcycles?"
E-scooters are classified as Personal Light Electric Vehicles and are currently illegal to ride on public land. Riders can face a £300 fixed-penalty notice and six points on their driving licence, but many are unaware of the rules.
One London e-scooter rider told Sky News: "I didn't think it was illegal, I thought if you're on the road I thought you'd be okay as long as you had a helmet on."
Joshua Harris, from the road safety charity Brake, said it was essential that people know e-scooters are "safe to ride" before legalising them.
He said: "The main safety concerns with e-scooters are essentially the vulnerability of the people around them, so for example pedestrians on the pavement.
"You can imagine if you've got a scooter going at 20mph that can cause a serious incident, obviously as well there's the safety implications for the person using the scooter and isn't sure yet whether they should be required to wear helmets or whether they are safe to be used on roads."