Backlash at council considering banning mobility scooters from pavements

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A London council’s proposals to ban some mobility scooters from travelling on pavements has been met with strong opposition from residents and disability campaigners.

Enfield Council revealed that it had plans to take out a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) in response to what it deems to be antisocial problems.

But a copy of the council’s consultation for bringing in a PSPO outlines that the plans “will not be applicable to mobility scooters that legitimately use the pavements. Manual wheelchairs and vehicles with an upper speed limit of 4mph…are designed to be used on pavements. Those with an upper speed limit of 8mph…are equipped to be used on the road as well as the pavement.”

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Human rights group Liberty wrote a letter stating that “No disabled person should be forced to travel in the road because their use of the pavement has been deemed illegitimate on the basis of the potential speed limit of their mobility aid”.

Some have challenged the council’s proposals by drawing on the Highway Code, which advises that pavements should be used by 8mph mobility scooters when possible, as riding on the road is deemed unsafe.

Enfield Council noted that no decision will be made until the consultation has been completed and all responses to it considered.

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