Husband calls for the regulation of '˜lethal'Â mobility scooters after Gosport wife's trauma
THE HUSBAND of a pensioner who is now usingÂ a wheelchair after she was knocked down by a mobility scooter is calling for a legal framework for the operation of the vehicles.Â
Annette Yeomans, 77 and from Gosport, was walking on a path towards Stokes Bay Road last month when she was hit by a man on a mobility scooter '“Â and left with multiple leg fractures and needing surgery.
Richard Yeomans said he will be raising issues concerned with the use of the Â scooters with his MP and the Minister of State for Care, Caroline Dinenage.
He said: '˜After talking to the police I've discovered you don't need aÂ qualification to drive mobility scootersÂ and there is no requirement for insurance.Â
'˜Annette is fortunate that in this case the driver was insured. The accidentÂ Â emphasises the need for change in the regulation of these potentially lethal vehicles.'
Annette was rushed to QA Hospital and had surgery to insert a steel rod into her leg.
Mr Yeomans added: '˜She is Â 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. Â Â
'˜Her leg is still painful and swollen and she is scheduled to see a physiotherapist with a view to starting a programme of rehabilitation. Â
'˜Â The prognosis is that it will take a minimum of sixÂ Â months until she is back to normal.'Â Â