1 March 2019
Surgeons are warning of the dangers of Lime scooters
particarly in the lead up to the Adelaide Festival, where a trial
of the vehicles is set to begin.
The scooters, which have been a popular mode of transport
for only a short period of time since their launch, have resulted
in an increase in significant injuries as a result of a faulty
wheel-locking mechanism, 2018 data has found.
A total of 88 injuries were recorded over two months
across three public hospitals in Brisbane. With 20-34 year-old
patients accounting for 66 per cent of cases overall, and a gender
breakdown of 56 per cent male, 44 per cent female, 34 per cent
arrived at the ED by ambulance, and in 10 per cent of cases surgery
was required. Injuries have included head trauma, upper and lower
limb fractures, sprained/strained limbs and serious
Chair of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
(RACS) Trauma Committee Dr John Crozier has said that public
awareness of the dangers associated with these vehicles is required
and that legislative measures such as the mandatory use of helmets,
safe speed limits and age restrictions are implemented.
"We also urge that the safety of pedestrians and other
road users is considered in any future decisions regarding the use
of scooters as we have seen that the injuries are not isolated to
scooter users alone.
Riders who choose to use Lime scooters are responsible for
obeying road rules like anyone else sharing the road, including
wearing a helmet and looking out for pedestrians," he
Dr Matthew Hope, Orthopaedic surgeon and QLD Chair of the
RACS Trauma Committee recommends that formal data collection
related to patterns of accidents and injuries is required to be
"Data has been collected in Brisbane for a short period in
late 2018 which showed a dramatic increase in injuries associated
with personal mobility devices," Dr Hope said, "I strongly
recommend that data is collected in all other jurisdictions to
adequately monitor the level and severity of injuries so that
legislation around their use can be implemented."
Earlier this week it was reported that Lime was put 'on
notice' after a spate of issues resulted in serious injuries to
riders, with Brisbane City Council threatening to revoke the
company's permit to operate and hire scooters in
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