A number of fatal incidents involving mobility scooters in Derby over the last 18 months have sparked widespread calls for changes in the law to restrict who can purchase the equipment.
The son of a woman killed in a ‘horrific’ collision while on a mobility scooter is the latest to come forward asking for a special test to be brought in to check whether people are capable of operating a scooter safely.
Darrel Parker, whose mother, Mary Parker, died this month while rider her mobility scooter, thinks tighter measures to restrict who can purchase a scooter and a ‘driving test’ should be introduced, according to a local newspaper.
He told the Derby Telegraph: “I wouldn’t want anyone to go through what our family has gone through over the last few weeks and because of that I think something needs to be done to make these scooters safer.
“It is a difficult one, as mobility scooters are there for people who have disabilities and can’t walk very far. I remember my mum being so excited when she got her scooter.
“It is quite worrying that some of these scooters can be driven on the road without a driving licence or having to pay any road tax or anything like that. Anyone could get one.
“I think there should be some sort of test which measures whether people have the ability to ride them.”
A local poll run by the newspaper showed that 85% of people thought the law on purchasing mobility scooters needs to change.
Mr Parker’s comments come after the family of another person hit by a car while crossing a Derby road on his mobility scooter demanded tighter rules to be brought in.
During an inquest into the man’s death a coroner said she would write to Transport Secretary Chris Grayling urging a change in legislation that would restrict who can buy mobility scooters.