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E-scooters: chief physician demands e-scooter ban

2019-09-09T10:38:39.106Z

Since e-scooters are on the road, the number of injured have increased, says chief physician Andreas Gassen. An accident researcher contradicts.



The head of the KassenärztlicheBundesvereinigung (KBV), Andreas Gassen, has demanded a ban on e-scooters. "E-scooters should be completely banned, but that would help prevent injuries," said Gassen, the accident surgeon, the New Osnabrücker Zeitung.Im, according to him, they have no traffic benefits and are from a medical point of view too dangerous.

Gassen sees the "worst fears" occurred. "Wherever these vehicles now rum driving, we have significantly more injured," said the KBV chairman. This starts with complex fractures of the arms and legs and extends to head injuries and deaths. From a medical perspective, it had been "irresponsible" to admit the e-scooters in Germany.

Accident researcher Siegfried Brockmann of the Association of Insurers (GdV) contradicted alleys. "A ban on e-scooters so soon after introduction is nonsense," he told the NOZ . It was clear from the outset that accidents would occur after the approval of this additional means of transport. "We also find serious accidents involving cyclists - but nobody would want to ban them on the road."

The accident researcher calls for stricter controls and higher fines for rule violations. There are too many users "who drive in pairs or on the sidewalk or are under the influence of alcohol". According to Brockmann, current accident statistics on electric scooters are not yet available to GdV.

Altmaier against e-scooter ban

Electric scooters have been allowed in Germany since mid-June. Users can drive a maximum of 20 km / h and must use bicycle lanes - if these are not there, the road. Driving on footpaths and in pedestrian areas is prohibited. Due to careless driver and wild scooters the introduction is criticized.

Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier (CDU) had said at the weekend against stricter rules for e-scooters. He was for the "Freedom in the traffic," said Altmaier the newspapers of the spark media group. There are already "more than enough prohibitions". It is important, however, that the safety of all road users remains guaranteed.

Source: zeit

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