A young man is recovering in hospital after sustaining serious injuries while riding a Voi electric scooter in Birmingham. Medics rushed to help the 16-year-old following an accident that occurred around 5:30am on Monday (February 20).

The Balsall Heath incident is the second involving one of the ubiquitous pink scooters in as many months. In December, 12-year-old Mustafa Nadeem died while riding one on Bordesley Green.

Voi, who runs the big Birmingham e-scooter test, has helped police on both occasions. But its eco-friendly services have been criticized by some locals who want to stop the scheme.

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You cannot ride a privately owned e-scooter on public roads and Voi’s machines are the only ones allowed in the region. There are three test zones in Birmingham, Coventry and West Bromwich.

The Brum trial version launched in September 2020. Customers can find and drive an electric scooter via the Voi app, paying £1 to unlock a machine and 20p per minute to ride.

While they have attracted security concerns, the popularity of the scheme has skyrocketed. Some 32 areas across the country have commissioned trials in all.


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