MPs: ‘Invalid buggy users should take driving test’

MPs have called for an urgent review of the safety of electric-powered mobility buggies, with some recommending that users take driving lessons.

The Commons’ Transport Committee has highlighted the growing belief that the scooters – legally classed as ‘invalid carriages’ – are becoming increasingly common and are bringing a greater threat of injury on Britain’s pavements.

There is no legal requirement for users to undergo training or pass a test despite the fact that the buggies can weigh up to 100kg and reach speeds of up to 4mph on pavements and 8mph on roads.

The Mail on Sunday has highlighted a catalogue of accidents involving the vehicles. Last summer an 84-year-old Sunderland grandmother died after being knocked down by a scooter.

A 60-year-old hairdresser from Whitstable suffered serious leg injuries when hit by one on a pavement recently.

Just last week a blind pedestrian was left ‘stranded’ when a scooter ran over his white cane in Saffron Walden.

Regarding car users, MPs are also calling for a reduction in the drink drive limit.

Written by James Christie

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