Mobility scooter users involved in seven fatal collisions in South Yorkshire over last five years

Tony Byrne is given instruction on how to use a mobility scooter at the Lifewise Centre at Maltby
Tony Byrne is given instruction on how to use a mobility scooter at the Lifewise Centre at Maltby
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Mobility scooter users have been involved in seven fatal collisions in South Yorkshire over the last six years, new figures reveal.

South Yorkshire Police has revealed 73 collisions involving scooters have been reported to the force, including six since November alone.

Mobility scooter user Tony Byrne on a safety course

Mobility scooter user Tony Byrne on a safety course

Police chiefs are using the figures to urge scooter users to enrol on a free safety course run by the force and supplier Parkgate Mobility in a bid to save lives.

The force has also written to Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin urging him to consider updating legislation for motorists to include mobility scooter users.

Currently people who have never driven before are allowed onto the roads, including dual carriageways with a speed limit of 50mph.

Mobility scooter users do not need a licence, insurance or good eye sight.

Sheffield Attercliffe MP Clive Betts is hoping to set up a meeting with Government officials to discuss the issues.

Andy Foster, who runs Scooter Safe sessions for South Yorkshire Police at the Lifewise Centre in Hellaby and at community venues, said he would like it to be compulsory for scooter users to complete a safety course.

“Mobility scooters can change people’s lives by giving them their independence back,” he said.

“In an ideal world we would like some form of compulsory training, even if it’s just a couple of hours on road safety and how to keep themselves and others safe.

“I would also love the Government to make insurance mandatory.

“At the moment people are causing accidents or involved in accidents and there is no comeback.”

n To book onto a course call 01709 832455.