11 November 2015
BBC News has reported that clearer rules are needed after the recent death of a 77 year old man whose mobility scooter collided with a car earlier this month.
The report highlights the fact that some such scooters are legally allowed to use the public roads and even dual carriageways, but points out that they can be difficult to see and usually travel at a speed which makes them vulnerable.
According to the Telegraph mobility scooters were involved in nine fatal accidents last year and many other accidents, including 46 resulting in serious injuries. Despite this, insurance for mobility scooters is not compulsory.
The Government has published rules and guidance relating to the use of mobility scooters. This includes requirements about safety features for scooters and the fact that users must “be able to read a car’s registration number from a distance of 12.3 metres (40 feet)”.
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