A LEADER of a disability group has called for tighter rules over the use of mobility scooters after a toddler was run over by one.
But Andy Bundy, secretary of Havant Area Disability Access Group, stressed that the majority of riders are safety-conscious.
His comments come after Clare Weeks’ 23-month-old son Bobby was dragged 10ft along the pavement in Waterlooville precinct and left with grazes and bruises.
The woman riding the scooter did not realise she had hit the child until Bobby’s grandmother ran after her to get her details.
The incident has since been reported to the police.
Mr Bundy, from Purbrook, said: ‘The majority of users are very careful and considerate.
‘However age and disability can affect everybody in how safely they can use any form of vehicle.
‘We have health checks for drivers over a certain age.
‘Maybe we should consider the same, especially for Class 3 scooter users. They are the biggies that can do 8mph.’
Mr Bundy would also like to see number plates for mobility scooters, as well as compulsory insurance, MoTs and even driving licences.
But he said: ‘The problem is there’s a big perception that mobility scooter users have no regard for other pavement users and expect to have automatic right of way. That’s the case for a small percentage.’
Mr Bundy is hoping to work with the police and dealers to organise local roadshows offering training and maintenance checks for mobility scooter users.
Meanwhile, Solent Mobility Centre is working with the Gosport Older Persons Forum and Hampshire County Council to do a training course for mobility scooter drivers to ensure their safety and the safety of others.
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