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‘Potentially lethal’ mobility scooters need regulating, says husband of injured pensioner

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The husband of a woman knocked down by a mobility scooter in Gosport is the latest voice to publically call for better regulation of the equipment.

Richard Yeomans has vowed to raise the issue of “potentially lethal” mobility scooters with his local MP and care minister, Caroline Dinenage, after his wife was struck by a scooter.

Annette Yeomans was knocked down by a man riding a mobility scooter last month and required surgery after sustaining multiple leg fractures.

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Mr Yeomans said he only discovered that insurance is not compulsory and drivers don’t need qualifications after he spoke to police.

He is now calling for a legal framework to regulate the use of mobility scooters, according to a local newspaper

“After talking to the police I’ve discovered you don’t need a qualification to drive mobility scooters and there is no requirement for insurance,” he told The News.

“Annette is fortunate that in this case the driver was insured. The accident emphasises the need for change in the regulation of these potentially lethal vehicles.”

“She is recovering slowly and is using a Zimmer frame to shuffle around the house, but cannot walk unaided and has to use a wheelchair if she goes outside.  

“Her leg is still painful and swollen and she is scheduled to see a physiotherapist with a view to starting a programme of rehabilitation.”

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Joe Peskett

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  1. Sorry to hear about the incident.
    A mobility device helps to restore mobility.
    Would it also be suggested that a license and insurance is needed to use a walker or wheelchair? Perhaps everyone that has two good legs needs insurance in the event that they bump or trip into someone else.
    Equipment users accept the same personal responsibility for their actions as someone walking. Lack of insurance does not mean a lack of liability.

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