TransPennine Express bans electric scooters over fire risk

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TransPennine Express (TPE) has introduce a ban on all e-scooters, hoverboards and e-skateboards within its stations and trains.

The ban took effect on Tuesday 27 December and covers e-scooters, hoverboards, and e-skateboards. Mobility scooters, electric wheelchairs and e-bikes are exempt from the ruling. The train operator will join other UK train operators in banning all electric scooters and similar devices due to the potential fire risk posed by lithium-ion batteries.

Lithium-ion batteries can produce a vapour of toxic gases and lead to a fire or a risk of explosion if damaged or overheated.

Iain Peacock, Head of Safety and Security at TPE, said: “At TransPennine Express the safety of our customers and colleagues comes first.

“The risks associated with e-scooters and similar devices are of significant concern. Most of these devices are not approved for use in the UK and the batteries are often unregulated.

“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.”

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