COMMON sense and awareness should be attributes common to both pedestrians and mobility scooter riders, according to Transport and Main Roads.
Following an article in Thursday’s Chronicle about a woman whose son was hit by a mobility scooter, insurance company Blue Badge Insurance Australia, which specialises in mobility scooter insurance, told the Chronicle at least one in four scooter users had been in an accident, and at least one in five said they’d had a collision or near miss once a year.
The insurance company said that, according to a recent survey of mobility scooter users, 19% said that pedestrians made them feel unsafe and 32.5% complained about narrow footpaths.
A Transport and Main Roads spokeswoman said when pedestrians and scooter users shared a footpath, there was no minimum distance that a person using a mobility scooter must leave between themselves and other people.
“However, a person using a mobility scooter should be Transport and Main Roads conscious of sharing a footpath with pedestrians and be aware that if children are close by, their movements can be unpredictable,” she said.
“We would also encourage pedestrians to be aware of mobility scooters if they are sharing a footpath, and use a commonsense approach,” she said.
Mobility scooter users do not require a licence. However, the scooter must be registered for use on a footpath, on other road-related areas or to cross roads.
Scooter users travelling on a shared path must not go faster than 10kmh or they could be fined $68.
By law, mobility scooters or wheelchairs can go anywhere a pedestrian can go, such as footpaths, shopping centres and nature strips.
This article was sourced from Fraser Coast Chroncile published on Saturday, May 16, 2015 to view the original article please click here