In the light of anecdotal accounts of accidents involving the vehicles, but little hard evidence, MPs urge the Government to collect better data on the use of scooters as well as incidents and injuries where they are involved.
To develop sound policy, we need a comprehensive evidence base detailing the number and nature of incidents involving mobility scooters on the UK’s pavements and roads. Only by doing so, will issues such as the legal status of mobility scooters, the appropriateness of proficiency tests and the rights of users to take the vehicles on public transport be adequately addressed.
The Committee's report notes that the Department for Transport has launched a consultation on many of these issues, but is concerned that after a similar review in 2005, Ministers failed to act on many of its findings.
With a growing number of mobility scooter users on the UK’s pavements and roads, the MPs call on the Government to take decisive action where necessary.
Launching the report, Committee Chair Louise Ellman said:
"Increasingly, mobility scooters are a vital aid for many people in the UK. We welcome the independence that these vehicles can give people to go about their daily lives. However, we are concerned about the many reported accidents and injuries involving the scooters.
"The Government does not have adequate data on either how many mobility scooters are currently in use or on the number and type of accidents in which they might be involved. We welcome the Department’s current consultation on mobility scooters but, unlike the previous review in 2005, the Government must act on its conclusions."