Stricter rules on mobility scooter hire needed, say market traders

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Stricter rules must be put in place and instructions must be provided to people hiring mobility scooters from a council service in Barnsley, local market traders have said.

Local businesses have complained of people, described as ‘whacky racing’ pensioners, who hire mobility scooters and ride them dangerously around the market areas, according to a report by The Times.

Stall owners have said that some users riding mobility aids quickly around the area are posing a danger to pedestrains.

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They have now called for instructions to be provided to anyone hiring scooters from the Age UK outlet, which runs the mobility service on behalf of the council.

A councillor told The Times that each person using the Age UK service Access Barnsley “must take part in safety assessment and training”.

Jenny Platts, a councillor in Barnsley council cabinet, told the newspaper: “Everyone has a right to use the shops and facilities in Barnsley town centre and we’ll continue to develop and support services that help people with disabilities.

“We are aware of the incident on July 13. Staff attended to support the people involved. The council hasn’t had an official complaint about this incident.

One pedestrian who was hit by a mobility scooter described the equipment as “potentially lethal weapons”.

She said: “I can’t understand why the law allows people to use these vehicles without minimal instruction. If they aren’t used with proper care and attention I believe they are potentially lethal weapons.”

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