Avanti West Coast has become the latest train operator to ban e-scooters over battery safety concerns. Mobility scooters, electric wheelchairs and e-bikes are not however banned.
Around this time last year, e-scooters were banned on public transport in London and Newcastle due to fears that batteries could catch fire and emit toxic smoke.
Both Transport for London (TfL) and Nexus said that e-bikes would however still be permitted on the basis they are generally subject to better manufacturing standards with batteries positioned in a place where they are less likely to suffer damage.
Avanti West Coast has adopted a similar position, banning e-scooters and hoverboards only from all of its trains as well as its 16 managed stations.
In a statement announcing the policy, which will be introduced from December 27, a spokesperson said: “Lithium-ion batteries can produce a vapour of toxic gases and lead to a fire or a risk of explosion, if damaged or overheated.”
Dave Whitehouse, Safety and Security Director at Avanti West Coast, said: “At Avanti West Coast the safety of our staff and customers comes first.
“The risks associated with e-scooters are a significant concern and are why we’re banning them at our stations and onboard our trains.
“This temporary ban is to preserve the safety of our colleagues and customers until there is greater regulation on e-scooters.
“We ask our customers to adhere to these new rules and be kind to our staff helping to enforce them, so we can keep everyone safe.”
In January, Caledonian Sleeper went a step further, banning e-bikes from its trains. However, the franchise later reversed its decision after accepting that they did not pose a significant fire risk.