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;
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.
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