Mobility Scooters – More Dangerous Than You Think
A mobility scooter is a must have for those who cannot get around freely without feeling pain. A life saver for most, these scooters are in the news once again. The mother of a child who was involved in an accident has taken to the airwaves to discuss, 'The Trouble with Mobility Scooters'
Mobility Scooters Back in the News
Stories have been emerging up and down the country of mobility scooter accidents. There a 2 in particular that hit the news, the first involving a 90 year old lady who was killed by a scooter driver
and another involving a 4 year old child who was caught in the wheels
. With the second accident the driver dragged the child down the road, unaware that they had even hit them
There are some clear rules as to what kinds of scooters should be on the road and which should be on the pavement. Class 2 designated scooters should be used on the pavement and do not need to be registered with the DVLA. They have a maximum speed of 4mph
and you do not need to display a tax disc. Class 3 scooters have a maximum speed of 4mph on the pavement and 8mph on the road
. To drive one of them you need to register it with the DVLA and you need to display a 'nil value' tax disc on them.
The Trouble with Mobility Scooters
A mother from Spondon has reacted to complaints about mobility scooters
and appeared on BBC One earlier this week. She has been campaigning for tighter regulations to be imposed
on the thousands of mobility scooter users in the UK.
Back in 2012, her son, who was 9 at the time, was knocked down by a mobility scooter when it failed to stop. She wants scooter users to have driver identification
much like a driving licence and a proficiency user test for all those that wish to use a scooter.
In Norfolk, the local police received so many complaints
from pedestrians, shopkeepers and market stall owners that they began offering new and existing scooter users a driving test style course
to familiarise themselves with the controls of the device. This is not a legal requirement but users have been encouraged to take up the scheme.
There is currently no legal requirement to have insurance for a mobility scooter, and anyone with a disability can drive one without training.
In 2012, the Department for Transport estimated that there were around 250,000-300,000 mobility scooters on the road
across the UK, although there are no industry statistics to estimate the actual growth of the market. With the sale of second hand scooters, it's anybody's guess how many of them are out there.
If you have been injured by a mobility scooter you may wonder how you are going to cover the cost of your claim. Sometimes personal injury cover
is included in your home insurance and therefore this will help to cover the costs of your claim. Other types of insurance like travel insurance may also have this included. If not, your solicitor will be able to walk you through your funding options.