Mobility Scooters – Call for change in Law

April 5, 2010

A list of people killed or injured in scooter incidents was presented by campaigners to the House of Commons Transport Committee. It was explained by Norfolk Police that under current legislation drivers of scooters do not take a test and cannot be prosecuted. It was pointed out that if a person is drunk whilst in charge of a scooter, they would be charged under an 1872 Act of “being in charge of a carriage”, this needs to be updated.

Campaigners calling for updates to the legislation governing mobility scooters, and better training for drivers have presented members of the Commons Transport Committee with a list of people killed or injured in scooter incidents. Norfolk Police explained that, under current laws, drivers of mobility scooters do not take a test and cannot be prosecuted, while Disability Essex told the committee that there was an extensive list of fatal or dangerous incidents involving drivers.