Mobility scooter law change needed, says coroner after yet more deaths

A Derby coroner will write to Transport Secretary Chris Grayling urging a change in legislation that would restrict who can buy mobility scooters after three local deaths involving the equipment in the last 18 months.

Speaking at an inquest into the death of a man with Alzheimer’s who was killed after a collision on his mobility scooter in 2017, assistant coroner Louise Pinder called for measures to assess a customer’s fitness to operate scooters before they can purchase one.

“I will be asking for consideration of involving a medical professional in assessing fitness to drive a mobility scooter and requesting for this certificate to be referenced before a mobility scooter is purchased,” Ms Pinder said, according to DerbyshireLive, which was present at the hearing.

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The inquest heard that the 86-year-old man killed after the collision had ridden his class-three scooter across a road “without looking, or slowing or stopping”.

Ms Pinder told the court that the evidence showed that the man involved in the incident entered the carriageway “without stopping or slowing, directly in the path of the car”.

She said: “I would like to say in court that I will be writing on behalf of the family to the Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling, asking if a change in legislation is consequented.”

In recent weeks, a further two people have been killed in Derby following incidents involving mobility scooters.

Currently, there are no laws governing who a mobility scooter can be sold to apart from a requirement to be 14 or older to drive a class-three scooter.

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  1. When class three was devised the retailer was suposed to carry out an assesment. We still do and have refused sales where unsuitable. Strangely no one has brought to book the internet sales companies who sell online without ever seeing the customer. As usual there will probably be an over reaction where application of existing rules would have sufficed.

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