A council leader in Scotland wants legislation around mobility scooters to be reviewed after a number of cases where users have driven them inappropriately after drinking or taking drugs.
Councillor David Fairweather of Angus Council told a local newspaper that there are a minority of users causing problems but feels there needs to be a full review of legislation.
Mr Fairweather told The Courier that mobility scooters can be a lifeline to people and that he welcomes the independence they provide.
“However, there is no question that a very small minority of people are using these inappropriately, and I have been made aware that one user regularly uses their scooter after drinking,” he said.
“The fact is that these vehicles can reach speeds of up to eight miles per hour, and can be very heavy.
“Add alcohol into the mix and take into consideration that they can be driven in pedestrian areas and it is a potentially lethal combination, especially when there appears to be no legal eyesight requirement for users.
“I think we are now at the stage where there needs to be a review of the legislation covering these scooters.
“It’s taken a long time to get the message across that you don’t drive a car after consuming alcohol and we now need to make people are aware that it is not acceptable to drive one of these scooters in the same situation.”
Mobility scooters do not require any form of license of insurance, although many retailers are beginning to run their own safety assessments which result in a certificate for users.
Last week, two families were calling for tighter regulation on scooters after separate incidents saw elderly people injured after being struck by a mobility scooter.