Is It Time for Mobility Scooter Tests
With over 300,000 Mobility scooter owners in the U.K and the number of accidents involving scooters on the rise has the time come to start introducing tests
South Yorkshire Council certainly think so. This week will see police offer a free 2 hour course to existing mobility scooter owners. The course will comprise of mostly small maneuvers and safe starting and stopping with a small test to follow. This isn't the first time the idea has been tested with other councils including Wokingham and parts of Devon attempting to introduce similar tests however they proved very unpopular and the idea was soon abolished.
There have been several serious incidents involving mobility scooters. Last year a man was killed when he was thrown from he's scooter and pinned against a wall suffering from suffocation. These extreme incidents are very rare. In fact you are far more likely to die or be seriously injured on a bicycle than on a mobility scooter in the U.K, however there are no current tests for bicycles so why should there be for mobility scooters
If the idea were made mandatory across the U.K it is likely to cost the tax payer in excess of £20 million a year to fund and run successfully. On top of this how would this be governed would police have to pull pensioners over and check licences What punishments would there be for pensioners A ban on using their mobility scooters
There are of course some benefits to introducing the test with many that are clearly unable to control their scooters no longer being a threat to themselves or pedestrians. With such a small minority causing accidents and very few incidents of serious injury and death is mobility scooter testing needed across the U.K
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