We recently wrote about the mobility scooter user banned from popular supermarket Sainsbury’s for life for accidentally bumping into another shopper. This week in the news, a more serious – and certainly deliberate – incident has taken place.
In the town of Southampton, a 67 year old victim has this week been hit and then run over by a mobility scooter driver. According to a recent article in the Telegraph, the driver deliberately crashed into the victim and, once he had fallen over, went on to run over his legs several times leaving him with a broken ankle. The incident only came to an end when a passer-by finally intervened.
Both victim and perpetrator are pensioners, but it isn’t clear whether or not they know each other. All we do know is that the attack was deliberate, the victim is still recovering in hospital and police are still searching for the unnamed driver. This is, after all, a hit and run, just in a more unusual vehicle.
This isn’t the only case of a mobility scooter hit and run though, as in Portsmouth this week a one year old girl was knocked over in the street, suffering cuts and bruises but no serious injury. We think it’s a shame to see such negative coverage in recent times of mobility scooters, as we know that for the most part, drivers are responsible and wouldn’t do any harm intentionally.
A new travel scheme to help disabled people get around London has been launched. The Turn Up and Go scheme is a six-month trial that has seen 30 stations across London team up to make it more convenient for people using mobility scooters to travel in the capital.
Head of disability and inclusion for the Rail Delivery Group David Sindall explained that many disabled Londoners already travel by rail without booking assistance, but a lot of others have had to organise support 24 hours in advance. People using electric wheelchairs will now be able to get around London much easier thanks to the changes that have been made at the 30 stations. Staff at the stations will now be able to help disabled passengers without this having been arranged in advance.
Mr Sindall said: “Rail services are now far more accessible than ever and we are committed to continuing to make travel by train an attractive prospect for disabled people.”
The Turn Up and Go scheme is backed by Paralympian gold medallist Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, who pointed out that the whole DLR and large parts of the Underground network are now accessible for disabled people, as well as the Overground and London buses. She said: “The entire London Overground network is now Turn Up and Go, which has long been an issue for me. I would urge other rail companies to follow suit.” Baroness Grey-Thompson admitted that improvements can still be made in terms of disabled travel in London, but she says Transport for London are currently “leading the way” in this area.
<a href="http://www viagra in den usa.proridermobility.com/mobility/mobility-scooters/”>Mobility scooters aren’t generally associated with high-octane, high-speed racing. With a top speed of approximately eight miles an hour, the vehicles are primarily designed to provide a genteel method of locomotion for those who have difficulty getting about. However, it seems that a growing number of people want to get more out of their mobility scooters… by using them for motorsport! A peculiar and whimsical subculture appears to be developing in which scooter users overhaul their vehicles to boost their speed and range and then challenge themselves to go as fast or as far as possible.
In 2010, an enthusiast named Colin Furze set a mobility scooter speed record by driving his scooter at 71.59 mph. On another occasion, he even attempted to race a plane on the souped-up mobility aid! Furze has commented on his activities, stating “if you want to turn heads, don’t buy a Ferrari, pimp a mobility scooter up”.
Meanwhile, a motorsport marshal named Steve Tarrant has set multiple endurance records using his scooter. He was injured in 2000 while participating in the Goodwood Festival of Speed but he didn’t let that put him off motorsports! He’s currently hoping to set the record for ‘greatest distance covered in 24 hours’ using his scooter.
Aside from speed and endurance record-setting, the mobility scooter motorsports scene also offers ‘banger racing’, ‘long-distance riding’ and countless other scooter-themed twists on classic motorsports.
Sadly, the scooters we offer for sale won’t let you zoom around a track at over 70 mph or drive record-breaking distances. However, they can greatly improve your mobility and increase your level of freedom and independence. Plus, you can always pimp them up later, if that’s your thing! So why not check out our ecommerce site and see what we have to offer?
Some British news outlets have raised concerns over the possibility that mobility scooters and other small, motorised vehicles (including golf buggies), will have to be insured. The concerns stem from a recent ruling from the Court of Justice of the European Union. The ruling is the result of a case in which a man was knocked off a ladder by a tractor but the vehicle’s insurance company refused to pay out on the (rather petty) grounds that the vehicle was not being used as a mode of transport but as a “machine”. As part of its judgement, the court clarified a previous directive regarding the obligation of EU member states to ensure all motor vehicles are insured. Due to the wording of the ruling, it seems that ‘all motor vehicles’ could well include mobility scooters, golf carts and even sit-on lawnmowers.
But is there any real danger that either the EU or the British government will force mobility scooter users to shell out to insure their vehicles? While it’s possible that the UK will interpret the EU court’s ruling literally, it’s unlikely that the nation’s government will come under any real pressure to do so. The ruling was clearly intended to ensure that potentially dangerous vehicles (such as the tractor that played such a crucial role in the original case) are adequately insured. The idea of treating a small scooter with a maximum speed of 8 mph in the same manner as these larger, more lethal machines is patently absurd. So the most literal and inflexible interpretation of the ruling is unlikely to be put into force, either by the UK or the EU.
In other words, if you’re in need of a mobility scooter, you don’t have to worry about paying to have it insured just yet. Plus, with the low prices we offer on our ecommerce site, you don’t need to worry too much about the price of the scooter itself, either!
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