Pothole problem persists as mobility scooter user ends up in Hospital


Pothole problems are causing county councils and local residents up and down the country continuous safety issues – with a mobility scooter user becoming a pothole’s latest victim.

Last week, a Scottish pensioner received hospital treatment after his mobility scooter hit a pothole in Glasgow.

David Harwood, 75, is in an intensive care unit after the pothole sent his scooter into a busy road.

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A report by the Scottish Sun detailed how Harwood was given oxygen and morphine after last week’s accident and has now been transferred to the ICU ward.

His daughter Deniece, 40, said he told her what happened when he was first admitted to the city’s Royal Infirmary.

She told the newspaper: “Dad said as he was coming to a junction he was zig-zagging to avoid potholes but he hit the last one and lost control.”

Adding: “He panicked as he didn’t want to get run over. He managed to get back up and a junior doctor who was behind him went to his aid.”

The report went on to detail that Harwood’s family has threatened legal action if the council doesn’t make an effort to sort out the city’s pothole problem.

A freedom of information request put in by the motoring organisation to the 212 councils in England, Scotland and Wales found 512,270 potholes were reported last year to 161 authorities.

This compared with 356,432 reported to 152 councils in 2015.

Back in 2014, Blue Badge Mobility insurance warned users not to accept standard “not our responsibility, guv” letters from councils rejecting pothole damage claims.

In response to the latest incident, Glasgow City Council commented: “We are very sorry to hear about Mr Harwood’s situation and our officers will look into this incident tomorrow.”

Last year, AMP held a roundtable on scooter safety.

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