E-scooter rider, 13, collides with car in Gillingham, Kent [video]


Shocking dashcam footage shows the moment a teenage e-scooter rider swerved into a road and collided with a driving instructor’s car.

Footage filmed in Gillingham, Kent, shows a 13-year-old boy riding into the path of instructor Martin Philbrick’s car, 35 minutes into a lesson with a 33-year-old mother of two. 

The teen appeared on the left side of Mr Philbrick’s car and shockingly, was wearing earpods so could not hear the traffic as he headed into the road.

The 13-year-old is seen on the dashcam riding his scooter along the pavement in Gillingham, Kent on June 27

He is seen by the side of the pavement as the car carries on driving

Martin Philbrick’s dashcam in Gillingham, Kent, catches the rider taking his scooter along the pavement on June 27 and riding into the road

Footage shows Mr Philbrick’s pupil, who he had picked up at 9am, approaching a junction on Cornwallis Avenue in Gillingham, Kent.

The traffic lights were red so the pupil had slowed down and was going at around 20mph when the boy suddenly appeared on the left hand side. 

Mr Philbrick was able to slam on the brake a tenth of a second before impact. 

The crash left the 13-year-old with a cracked rib and he was taken to hospital. 

The scooter rider suddenly swerves into the road as Mr Philbrick is forced to slam on the brake

The scooter rider suddenly swerves into the road as Mr Philbrick is forced to slam on the brake

In the UK, e-scooters are illegal on most UK roads and can only be ridden in certain areas if they are rented. 

They fall under the same laws as motorised vehicles in most cases and have similar licensing and tax requirements.   

Mr Philbrick, who has been giving driving lessons in Medway, Kent, for 17 years, said: ‘I don’t think he’ll ever do that again.

‘I asked him if he wanted to see the video and he said no and I said, “Maybe if your friends see it it will stop them from making the same mistake?”

He shared the footage of the collision, which happened on June 27, as a warning that a tiny lapse in concentration from a scooter rider could lead to death or serious injury. 

‘I hope that if parents see this video they might think twice before buying one.’ 

‘Unfortunately there was no warning. He was riding along the pavement and had ear pods in as well.

‘He was a nice kid, he’d just turned 13 a few weeks previously, maybe the scooter was his birthday present, I don’t know, but the police did tell the parents off about the scooter because it’s illegal.’

The scooter and the boy go flying onto the pavement after he is clipped by the car

The scooter and the boy go flying onto the pavement after he is clipped by the car 

Scores of injuries have been reported from the use of e-scooters, which can reach speeds of 15mph or more.  

There have also been deaths in collisions with cars and one man was killed when he fell off his scooter in Twickenham in South West London in July.

Mr Philbrick said the investigation into the collision may have lasted longer if he had not been able to immediately show police the dash cam footage.

He said: ‘An ambulance turned up about ten minutes later and then three police cars. Once they saw the dashcam footage they all disappeared.’

The boy attempts to stand up, hobbling, but Mr Philbrick is heard saying 'Stay on the floor mate' before the footage cuts

The boy attempts to stand up, hobbling, but Mr Philbrick is heard saying ‘Stay on the floor mate’ before the footage cuts 

The scooter crash left his pupil distraught and she struggled to drive during her next lesson.

Mr Philbrick said:  ‘On her next lesson she couldn’t drive because she was too upset.

‘She was sitting in the car crying. I asked her what was wrong and she said, “Is it my fault?”

‘A week later she was very different with her driving, there was no confidence there. Very wobbly I suppose you would describe it.’

A spokeswoman for Kent Police said: ‘ Kent Police was called at 9.41am on Sunday 27 June 2021 to a report of a collision involving a car and an electric scooter in Cornwallis Avenue, Gillingham.

‘Officers attended the scene along with South East Coast Ambulance Service and a 13-year-old boy was taken to a local hospital with injuries not described as life-threatening.

‘Attending officers spoke to all those involved including the parents of the child.

‘The circumstances were reviewed, including viewing dash cam footage and details were recorded. No further action was taken.’

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

Source: TfL 



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