LETTER: Knocked down by a scooter

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I was recently knocked down by an electric mobility scooter whilst walking on the pavement and was hit with such force I was thrown into the road.

I received a severely cut elbow and knee with severe bruising down my right side and was taken by ambulance to hospital suffering with shock, which lasted for over a week.

When disabled people purchase these scooters, are they given lessons on how to control them? And are they expected to take out an insurance policy to protect themselves in case they are involved in a very serious accident whilst driving on the pavement or road?

If none of the above is required by law, then I feel it is the local authority’s job to make sure these outlets which sell these scooters require a licence to sell and have properly trained staff to instruct the person on how to operate and use.

When on the pavement they should only drive at a slow walking pace and if they wish to pass, sound a horn or make the person aware they wish to come by, so they are able to step to one side if there is room to do so.

Also, if they are driving on the road they do not drive in the centre of the carriageway and hold up traffic.

May I appeal to all owners of scooters that they consider all people using the pavement, young and old, and drive more carefully and also consider the motorist on the road, as we all have the right to be able to walk on the pavements and drive on the road safely, as there are no more people using mobility scooters and cars on the road.

Remember, every avoidable accident costs the tax payer. At the above accident there were two ambulances, four police cars and police, and the road had to be closed causing inconvenience to motorists, also two more unnecessary patients in Worthing Hospital’s A&E.

Mrs T.M. Poynter

Ainsdale Road

Worthing

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