Moment man illegally riding on E-scooter while carrying a young child sat by his feet ran through red light at crossroads
- The near collision was on Ribbleton Road, in Preston, Lancashire on Monday
- Dashcam footage showed small child sat b y the riders feet as he ran a red light
- Private e-scooters are set to be legalised for use on roads in Britain under new laws that will be unveiled next month
This is the moment an e-scooter driver recklessly cuts straight into the path of an oncoming car while a child precariously clings to the base of the scooter.
Dashcam footage recorded the shock of a man and a woman when the electric scooter nearly collided with their car after whizzing around a corner in Preston, Lancashire, on Monday.
‘Wow’, the woman says following the near miss, before the rash driver paces ahead, breaking a red light.
‘Dear god, he’s got a child on that!’, she added.
As the car stops at a red light on Ribbleton Road, in Preston, Lancashire, the reckless driver races ahead with the child unsafely positioned at his feet
‘Dear god, he’s got a child on that!’, one passenger is heard saying as he speeds off after breaking the red light
Audibly taken aback, the man describes the scooter drivers’ conduct as ‘bloody ridiculous’, as his fellow passenger notes that the driver ‘never looked what were behind him’.
‘And they want to make them legal’, the man said.
Following the incident, which occurred on Ribbleton Road, in Preston, Lancashire, one of the passengers, who wants to remain anonymous, said: ‘I don’t usually travel through this area. I was completely shocked and could not believe what I saw.
‘I could only think it may have been a joke on the riders part and not a real child but it looked like a real child. But the ignoring the red traffic light was not a joke.’
The road user said they were concerned about the legalisation of electric scooters – particularly ‘some of the idiots that will be able to use them’.
‘I have been in Liverpool and seen some dangerous riding of the ones on trial by the council. I believe they should not be legalised.’
Private e-scooters are due to be legalised for use on roads in Britain under new laws that will be unveiled next month, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has indicated to MPs.
Currently there is no specific legislation for e-scooters and, while it is legal to buy and sell e-scooters in the UK, there are limitations on where they can be used.
In April, Mr Shapps told MPs that legislation concerning e-scooters would be included in the Queen’s Speech on 10th May, when the Government unveils its next legislative agenda.
Appearing before the House of Commons’ Transport Committee, the Transport Secretary said: ‘In the future I want to crack down on the illegal use on roads of non-compliant e-scooters.’