On the evening of 27th, according to the Publicity Department of Qiaodong District Committee of Zhangjiakou City, Hebei Province, at about 11:35 p.m., a white electric scooter rushed from the northeast to the southwest of Shengjian street near hongqilou primary school in Qiaodong District, knocking down 5 pedestrians and 6 students. What's going on?
The video shows that a 'army new energy scooter' dashed onto the left road edge, followed by an electric motorcycle rollover. A passer-by opened the door of the vehicle involved, and an old man walked out of the cab. Although the accident did not cause significant casualties, but such a large area of damage is still an important warning.
As a matter of fact, similar accidents caused by scooters have been numerous. A data from the traffic control department last year showed that in the past five years, there were 830000 traffic accidents caused by low-speed electric vehicles, causing 18000 deaths and 186000 injuries. The number of accidents and the number of deaths increased by 23.3% and 30.9% respectively. Low speed electric vehicles include a large number of three wheel and four-wheel old people's bicycles, and because of no license plate, driver's license, and convenient operation, it has become the preferred means of transportation for the elderly.
The specific cause of the accident is not clear, from the video point of view, the age of the driver is not young, which is an important embodiment of the elderly scooter becoming a road killer. For the elderly, they have the need to travel, but they may not have the driving experience required by motor vehicles, and their emergency operation and mental state have declined. It is quite dangerous to drive on the road rashly.
In recent years, due to the relatively low price, the production and sales of elderly scooters have soared, and the corresponding accident rate has been increasing. The reason is that there is no unified national management system for the scooters, and the identity is unknown, which leads to many chain problems, such as the license plate and driver's license mentioned above.
At present, the vast majority of areas are managed according to the electric vehicle, but in fact, many of the scooters exceed the national standard of 20km / h, and those four-wheel scooters are basically walking on the motorway. In theory, they should be included in the category of motor vehicles, with strict license plate and driver's license control, so that the elderly can't go on the road without training.
There is no license plate and driver's license audit restrictions, some elderly people on the road do not fear the traffic rules, because even if there are violations of the traffic law such as running a red light, they will not be penalized or fined like vehicle owners, thus increasing the accident rate. However, the lack of national standards not only affects the management of scooters on the road, but also leads to the lack of standards in the production of scooters and uneven quality levels. Some scooters have the shape and even the speed of motor vehicles, and they also drive on the motorway, but the anti-collision standard is weak, the brake failure occurs from time to time, and the overall safety factor is quite low.
It is because of the savage growth of scooters that endangers public safety, some places have begun to tighten supervision. For example, Beijing has issued a ban on the sale of all kinds of "over standard electric vehicles"; the Ministry of industry and information technology, the national development and Reform Commission and other six departments issued the "notice on strengthening the management of low-speed electric vehicles" last year, requiring all regions to carry out the work of cleaning up and rectifying low-speed electric vehicles. However, so far, there is still no system for the standardized management of elderly scooters. Even in Beijing, where there is a sales ban, many of them can still be seen on the road.
The travel needs of the elderly do need to be guaranteed. It may not be reasonable to ban all scooters, but these are not the reasons for allowing them to grow wildly.
The huge casualty accident once again reminds all over the country that even if the national standard has not been issued, the identity of the valet is still unknown, and more strict supervision is also essential. For example, we should strengthen the inspection of scooters, explicitly prohibit the elderly from going to the road, and adopt more strict punishment measures for the illegal use of scooters, and so on. If we relax our vigilance because there is no standard, it will only lead to more tragic accidents.