Moment man is knocked off his e-scooter as car door is opened into his path while he was riding it illegally down south London street
- E-scooter rider Ross was illegally riding down a quiet street in south London
- He approaches a parked Ford Fiesta from behind as woman opens her car door
- Footage then shows Ross hit the door and get knocked off his scooter
- Riding e-scooters in London is illegal except on trial schemes in 10 boroughs
An e-scooter rider has filmed the painful moment he was knocked over while riding illegally down a south London street.
Footage shows YouTuber Ross slam into a parked car’s door after a driver flung it open as he went past.
His pained reaction is caught on a hi-tech 360-degree camera he was using to film himself riding.
In the video, Ross is seen cruising on his e-scooter down the street in Streatham.
Footage shows YouTuber Ross slam into a parked car’s door after a driver flung it open as he went past on a street in Streatham, south London
He appears to be riding a privately-owned Pure scooter and changes between the road and pavement, both of which are illegal.
The filmer soon approaches a Ford Fiesta, when without warning the parked car’s door opens suddenly straight into the path of Ross’s scooter.
Ross is then seen crashing into the door and taking a nasty blow, before falling off the scooter.
He winces in pain as he limps to the kerb and sits down. The woman who opened the car door runs over to apologise and helps pick up his belongings from the floor.
The video, which was filmed back in August, was recently uploaded onto Ross’s YouTube channel where he documents his travels on his scooter
The woman is apologetic and immediately admits responsibility, but Ross forgives the woman.
Ross said: ‘I was fine, a couple of bruises and scrapes but nothing too bad.’
The video, which was filmed back in August, but only just uploaded onto Ross’s YouTube channel, The Underachiever’s Journal, where he documents his travels on e-scooter.
In the video, Ross appears to be riding a privately-owned Pure scooter and changes between the road and pavement, both of which are illegal.
E-scooters are currently illegal to use in the UK, despite them being a common sight in many cities.
However, the could be allowed to use the roads ‘within the next 12 months’ after the conclusion of a trial scheme in several London boroughs.
Sales have soared 71 percent in the pandemic and police have seized thousands of e-scooters ridden illegally.
Anyone riding their own scooter on the streets now face a £300 fine, six points and confiscation of the machine.
What are the laws on e-scooters?
Renting an e-scooter is the only way to legally ride the vehicle on some public roads or in other public place at the moment.
But the controversial vehicles could be approved for use across the UK following a trial period. Currently, 10 London boroughs are taking part in the scheme with three providers to test how e-scooters work on the capital’s roads.
Riding e-scooters on the pavement however is banned, and riders must be 18 or over and have a full or provisional driving licence to rent one.
It is also illegal to use privately-owned e-scooters or other powered transporters on public roads.
Relevant laws on e-scooter use include:
- On public roads, anyone using a privately-owned e-scooter or other powered transporter is likely to be committing at least one of a number of offences such as driving a motor vehicle with no insurance. You could be liable for a fixed penalty of £300 and six points on your driving licence
- On pavements, it is generally an offence to drive a motor vehicle, and this applies at all times to e-scooters and powered transporters
- E-scooters and powered transporters may be used on private land with permission from the landowner or occupier
- E-scooters rented from the TfL scheme will be permitted to ride on London’s public roads and cycle infrastructure in participating boroughs.
- These boroughs will designate no-go areas where e-scooters cannot be ridden and will come to a safe stop, as well as go-slow areas, where the speed of e-scooters will be reduced to 8mph