The mayor of Barrow has said that mobility scooter users need to be offered road safety training because of the increasing risk of accidents.
According to a report from local new source, NEW Mail, as increasing amounts of people are reliant on the scooters, Cllr Kevin Hamilton has outlined the need for training.
The Barrow local committee chairman, speaking to representatives of the Cumbria Road Safety Partnership, said: “I know having a motor scooter is a lifeline for disabled people, but they are not insured, they don’t do any training and there’s more of them.”
Cllr Hamilton, the Labour member for Risedale, went on to suggest that more help be offered to local disability groups to provide safety training.
However, the NEW Mail report detailed how the CRSP said its prevention work had to be based on accident statistics and the figures did not suggest a major accident risk with motor scooters.
Cllr Derek Gawne, a conservative representative, said that training is provided to those who source scooters from Shopmobility, but it was “limited,” and others could buy scooters from elsewhere and “do whatever they want.”
PC Kevin Jackson, of Cumbria Police, said there was a spate of four motor scooter accidents in the county many years ago leading to two fatalities.
At the time, the coroner wrote to the Department for Transport calling for the Government to consider a licensing system for them, but “nothing has ever come from it,” added PC Jackson.
Honorary chief executive of the Barrow District and Disability Association Margaret Burrow, said: “I think it’s a good idea to give training to users of mobility scooters. If used incorrectly, there can be accidents so I believe full training would be very beneficial. If users are in any doubt, they can visit the BDDA centre for advice and support.”