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2011/04/07 01:36:41 (permalink)
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Mobility Scooters on the roads

As we were watching the Chelsea - Man U game tonight one of my mates pulled out his iPhone to show us a picture of something that he thought was outrageous. It was an eldely guy on a mobility scooter riding along a single carriageway road out of a local village, 60mph limit and heading towards the local bypass.
 
Not as bad as this, since going on a motorway is illegal, but you get the idea.

 
Now everybody else is the room was cheering about how dangerous and outrageous it was, and that it was slowing up traffic, and how the old guy was going to get himself killed.
 
To me it's not automatically any more dangerous than a person riding a bicycle. You don't need a license, insurance, or tax to ride one on the road. They are relatively low speed. You could just as easily get a dangerous bicycle rider as you could get a mobility scooter rider.
I got a fair amount of stick and lots of joking about it being nonsense. "You can't ride those on the road, it's illegal!" You can ride them on the pavement that's all..."
 
I had to admit i wasn't 100% sure, so had to check and found a fair bit of information online including;
http://www.direct.gov.uk/...lityscooters/index.htm
http://www.a1mobility.co....-mobility-scooters.php
http://www.telegraph.co.u...mobility-scooters.html
 
Some of the tips in "The Safe Scoot Guide" include;
"DO:
1. Make sure you can control the scooter before taking it out.
2. Keep the battery fully charged.
3. Watch out for children - they may run infront of you without warning
4. Be aware of elderly and the disabled who may not be able to move quickly out of the way
5. Give pedestrians priority on pavements and show consideration for other road users.
6. See and be seen, wear a fluorescent jacket or put reflective marking on the scooter, put the lights on.
DON'T:
1.Drive on busy roads and do not drive on the motorway. If on a dual carriageway the scooter must display flashing amber lights.
2. Do not drink and drive and check medications which could cause drowsiness.
3 Do not carry another person on the scooter.
4 Do not carry or walk a pet while operating the scooter.
5.Do not wear loose fitting clothing which could get caught in the wheels.
6. Do not overload the scooter or hang shopping from the handlebars."
 
Interested to know what other people think - should these be allowed on the road, uninsured, untaxed, and with no training - like a bicycle?
 
EDIT - Just to be clear, my understanding is that you have to qualify to ride one of these, Class 3 wheelchairs and scooters are for the disabled, though can be demonstrated by the able bodied. There are many things which would qualify as disabled. They are taxed, but no fee to pay, nor numerplates to be shown.
post edited by essex_chris - 2011/04/07 01:41:24

Awesome pic, but Tony you're not doing yourself many favours posting up tips on preventing the gag reflex and then a picture of a guy touching his toes - Ak
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    Rosc0PColtrane
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    Re:Mobility Scooters on the roads 2011/04/07 06:50:04 (permalink)
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    I think the law is very vague on these things. Either they can go on the road and often are ridden in a hazardous fashion; or they can go on the footpaths. Either or. It seems people use these things with impunity. Yet a teenager (ok more likely to cause trouble admittedly) with anything close to a powered scooter on road or path, attracts lots of attention from the boys in blue.
     
    I don't think they should be on the road as they're twice as wide as a bike, slower and less mobile.
     
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    Re:Mobility Scooters on the roads 2011/04/07 07:16:37 (permalink)
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    As the population ages and our roads become clogged up with these things, how long before the government starts making them pay road tax?
    PS. I'd rather have them on the roads than pavements to be honest.
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    walkie
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    Re:Mobility Scooters on the roads 2011/04/07 07:48:18 (permalink)
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    Bloody hell Chris you need to shift your focus off stuff like this mate, so so much energy spent on trivial things can be spent in better places imo buddy!!
     
    Fwiw - Get them off the road, they are a hazard and harder to pass than bikes imo, dangerous for them and dangerous for motorists trying to overtake them.

    Right 'nuff energy spent on this now
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    Re:Mobility Scooters on the roads 2011/04/07 08:42:23 (permalink)
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    Whenever I see one I always think of Madge off the telly show Benidorm
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    Re:Mobility Scooters on the roads 2011/04/07 08:46:26 (permalink)
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    They should not be on the road (old people & scooters)
     
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    Re:Mobility Scooters on the roads 2011/04/07 08:52:54 (permalink)
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    What if a cyclist and car need to overtake one at the same time? Carnage...

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    Re:Mobility Scooters on the roads 2011/04/07 11:16:12 (permalink)
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    RedHotF

    Whenever I see one I always think of Madge off the telly show Benidorm

     
    She's heading up the information campaign apparently.
     
    Walkie i do have other things more important, but sometimes this stuff just lands at your feet. In my case it happened to be a bunch of muppets taking the piss at the idea that i thought these things were legal, which they are. I refrained from killing them and burying them in the garden. It would have made putting a patio down more hassle, i don't want the base i put it on subsiding at a later date

    Awesome pic, but Tony you're not doing yourself many favours posting up tips on preventing the gag reflex and then a picture of a guy touching his toes - Ak
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    Re:Mobility Scooters on the roads 2011/04/07 11:36:12 (permalink)
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    Thing that gets me is when you're stuck in rush hour and one pootles past... 20 minutes later you're lucky to catch up with the bugger!
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    Re:Mobility Scooters on the roads 2011/04/07 15:33:53 (permalink)
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    There are a fair number of elderly members on here right, i wonder if any of them have one of these scooters?
     
    Not going to name names of course

    Awesome pic, but Tony you're not doing yourself many favours posting up tips on preventing the gag reflex and then a picture of a guy touching his toes - Ak
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