Driver ‘could have died’ after yob hurls e-scooter off motorway bridge

GB News: Colin Brazier slams the use of E-scooters

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Clive Allsopp was driving on the southbound carriageway when he collided with the e-scooter. It happened just after midnight on Friday between junction 11A for Gloucester and junction 12 for Hardwicke.

Gloucestershire Police since tweeted to call the behaviour “stupid and dangerous” but are yet to identify who was responsible.

Colin, who was travelling around 70mph with wife Luciana in their Dacia Duster, told Gloucestershire Live: “It was dropped into lane one just before I got there. Three seconds earlier and it would have been on my windscreen.

“If they can catch them, they seriously need locking up.

“There needs to be something that’s a big deterrent to stop people doing this sort of thing.

“It makes me very angry that somebody would do this and not care at all.”

The couple, from Birmingham, were intending to travel to Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, but had to stop to assess the damage.

Mr Allsopp called police who came to his aid and told him the object was an e-scooter. The couple had to be taken home by the AA.

He estimates he’ll have to fork out £1,000 to mend his vehicle because two wheels are severely damaged.

More than 30 areas, including London, Newcastle and Bristol, are already operating rental schemes to trial e-scooters – which the government hopes will be a more environmentally-friendly way to travel.

The Covid pandemic brought the trials forward, because they offer people a way of getting around at a social distance.

But rental e-scooters, which in the UK have maximum limits of 15.5mph, cannot be ridden on footpaths. Motorists must use the road with other vehicles. 

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