09:43 Tuesday 19 February 2013

Scooter woes are due to 'ignorant motorists'


Councillor Andrew Woodhead complaining that the council have resurfaced the wrong path Councillor Andrew Woodhead complaining that the council have resurfaced the wrong path

MOST of the problems faced by mobility scooter riders are down to the ‘ignorance and arrogance’ of motorists and the able-bodied, a disabled former councillor has claimed.

Andrew Woodhead, who was left with spinal injuries 20 years ago after a motorcycle crash, said a lack of training among his fellow scooter riders was not the root of the problems.

Mr Woodhead, a former member of Anglesey Parish Council, spoke after the Mail reported on Caren Jephson’s campaign to force all scooter riders to undergo extra training and be registered like car owners in a bid to reduce accidents.

Mr Woodhead instead believes scooters should be allowed to travel faster and claimed ‘more common sense among car drivers’ was needed.

He said: “With a lot of the problems faced by scooter riders, it’s down to able-bodied pedestrians being pig-headed and arrogant, while car drivers are as just as ignorant as them.”

He said some small areas of mobility scooter regulation could be altered, but described the current situation as ‘broadly alright’.

“I also disagree with the current 8mph speed limit,” he said. “I think we should adopt the Americans’ 15mph speed limit.”

Currently British scooters are limited to 4mph in pedestrian areas and 8mph if travelling on the roads. Roadworthy models have to be insured and registered with the DVLA. Critics, however, including Mrs Jephson, are pushing for regulation to be increased and for all riders to undergo training.

Mr Woodhead said: “The people who are selling them have a responsibility to make sure the people buying them are capable of driving these vehicles.”

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