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15 July 2020

Legalizing e-scooters could pose a threat to road safety, MPA warns

The Mineral Products Association has responded to the Government's consultation on the 'Future of Mobility' with a strong call for e-scooters to be banned from shared roads, not legalized. Citing serious safety concerns that make micro-mobility devices such as e-scooters much more vulnerable than bicycles, the association strongly urged Government not to press ahead with their legalization.

MPA and its members have worked hard over the last decade to improve safe transportation of our products by HGVs. MPA is a champion of the Construction Logistics and Community Safety standard, supporting high standards amongst our membership who are actively engaged in ensuring we minimize risk to cyclists, pedestrians, and all other road users.

MPA's members who operate in London are already compliant with the Direct Vision Standard there and all transport operators in our membership accredited to a high standard such as ISO39001 or FORS.

Robert McIlveen, Director of Public Affairs at MPA, said:

"Compared to bicycles, e-scooters are less visible, less stable and less able to cope with potholes and other road hazards. MPA and our members have worked hard over the years promoting shared road safety and we believe that introducing new, more dangerous types of vehicle is neither safe nor sensible."

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Notes for Editors:

The Mineral Products Association (MPA) is the trade association for the aggregates, asphalt, cement, concrete, dimension stone, lime, mortar and silica sand industries. With the affiliation of British Precast, the British Association of Reinforcement (BAR), Eurobitume, MPA Northern Ireland, MPA Scotland and the British Calcium Carbonate Federation, it has a growing membership of 520 companies and is the sectoral voice for mineral products. MPA membership is made up of the vast majority of independent SME quarrying companies throughout the UK, as well as the 9 major international and global companies. It covers 100% of UK cement and lime production, 90% of GB aggregates production, 95% of asphalt and over 70% of ready-mixed concrete and precast concrete production. In 2016, the industry supplied 18 billion worth of materials and services to the Economy. It is also the largest supplier to the construction industry, which had annual output valued at 169 billion in 2018. Industry production represents the largest materials flow in the UK economy and is also one of the largest manufacturing sectors. For more information visit: www.mineralproducts.org

For further information, please contact Elizabeth Clements, Elizabeth.clements@mineralproducts.org, mobile 07775 894285.

   
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