This is the moment a man on an electric scooter speeding down the M4 near Heathrow is caught on camera by a driver so worried he shouted at him to stop so he could give him a lift.
Terry, 48, was traveling from Chiswick to Heathrow to pick up a friend at 9pm on Monday when he spotted the scooter driver who he described as ‘so stupid it was like he had a death wish’ .
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The footage shows a man dressed in dark clothes driving past Terry’s car and continuing to the side of the left lane as other cars speed by.
Terry, a plus-size model from Edenbridge, Kent, said: ‘I was generally worried about him as a lorry had just passed him and he could have easily been swept away. There isn’t much between him and another passing vehicle and there isn’t much brains between his ears either.
Terry said he only spotted the pilot at first because of the light on his phone and he “couldn’t believe” what he saw.
He said, “It was hard to see. I initially spotted him because of his phone light. He was very lucky not to get knocked off his scooter.
‘I’m a huge Burt Reynolds fan and I thought, “What would Burt Reynolds do in this situation?” so when i passed the first time, i yelled at him to stop and told him that i would bring him back.
The scooter driver did not stop or heed Terry’s offer to help him complete his trip safely and Terry did not report the incident.
Terry, a plus-size menswear model, stopped to film the electric scooter driver after he first rolled down his window and offered him a lift because he was ‘worried about him’
The driver of the electric scooter was dressed in dark clothes late in the evening and Terry first spotted him because of the light from his phone.
Terry said: “He didn’t stop, he just kept going. He probably couldn’t hear me to be honest. I just couldn’t believe anyone could be that stupid. It was as if he had a death wish.
It is unclear whether the driver was on a private scooter or using one available for hire as part of a pilot program.
With over a million e-scooters on UK public roads, anyone using a private e-scooter is at risk of committing an offense such as driving a motor vehicle without insurance. The driver could face a fixed £300 fine and six points on their driving licence.
Pilot e-scooter rental schemes in various cities, including London, Bristol, Liverpool and Bournemouth, allow cyclists to travel legally on public roads. But this is limited to certain roads and it is illegal to drive electric scooters on highways.
Although banned, private e-scooters are often used on public roads and sidewalks and some 1,034 e-scooter riders or passengers were injured in 2021.
The driver took the M4 towards Heathrow in the other side of the left-hand lane and showed no signs of stopping or slowing down.
Terry said a truck passed the driver at high speed and could have easily knocked him off the scooter as he was so close
Last year, nine people were killed in collisions with electric scooters, all drivers, and 305 others were seriously injured.
A breakdown of the types of injuries from e-scooter accidents showed 28 people suffered a serious head injury, 32 suffered a broken leg, ankle or foot and three suffered a broken neck or back.
The number of victims of collisions with electric scooters increased significantly in 2021 compared to the previous year, with this figure having more than doubled.
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The number of reported fatalities in crashes involving e-scooters soared in the UK in 2021
What are the laws on electric scooters?
Renting an e-scooter is the only way to legally drive the vehicle on certain public roads or other public places at this time.
But the controversial vehicles could be approved for use across the UK after a trial period. Currently, 10 London boroughs are participating in the program with three suppliers to test how the e-scooters work on the capital’s roads.
Driving e-scooters on the sidewalk is prohibited, however, and drivers must be 18 or older and have a full or provisional driver’s license to rent one.
It is also illegal to use private electric scooters or other motorized carriers on public roads.
Relevant laws on the use of electric scooters include:
On public roads, anyone using a private e-scooter or other motorized carrier is likely to commit at least one of many offenses such as driving a motor vehicle without insurance. You could face a fixed £300 fine and six points on your driving license
On sidewalks it is generally prohibited to drive a motor vehicle, and this applies at all times to electric scooters and motorized transporters
Electric scooters and motorized transporters can be used on private land with the permission of the owner or occupier
Electric scooters hired under the TfL scheme will be allowed to ride on public roads and cycle infrastructure in London in participating boroughs.
These boroughs will designate No-Go Zones where e-scooters cannot be ridden and will stop safely, as well as Slow Down Zones, where the speed of e-scooters will be reduced to 8 mph