Mobility scooters: A menace or a necessity?
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TALKBACK radio listeners have backed calls for speed limits and tougher restrictions on mobility scooter users, describing them as a menace on our footpaths.
Brisbane City Council wants the scooter limit reduced from 10km/h to a fast walking pace of 6km/h, and has demanded that the State Government introduce “basic licences” to ensure that riders are physically and mentally fit to be behind the handlebars, The Courier-Mail reported.
In retirement areas like the Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast and Hervey Bay, many elderly people rely heavily on mobility scooters to get around.
But some say they have become downright dangerous, pulling out in front of cars, and failing to give way to pedestrians on footpaths.
What do you think about this? Here’s what you said on Facebook. Wayne J Wilson – “I will admit I almost hit a young lass a Booval Fair on my mobility scooter (which is limited to 6kph). She had her head down texting and walked into the front of my scooter, so am I at fault?”
Yvonne Vollbrecht – “They are necessary for a lot of people to be able to keep their independence. This is just another money making scheme to pick on the less fortunate. How about rego and licences for cycle riders ... Oh no, no way they can do that. What is the difference here? NONE.”
Ruby June – “Yes. Very dangerous when shopping... and once you have been hit by one then you will understand!”
Brett Cane – “Who cares. Surely there are more pressing issues then mobility scooters who are mostly used by the elderly or disabled. The way it’s going in 30 years you won’t be allowed to leave your house without permission!” Brendan Matthey – “There is no need for these scooters to go faster than most people can run. Walking pace is good enough.”
Lindsay Morgan – “They use them too fast in Riverlink. They don’t watch where they are going. And have no respect for people around them. And if they want it to look like a motorbike, get it registered.”
Darren Fischer – “I don’t mind people using them but do they have to go at full speed? I got hit by one by an old guy at Big W while I was carrying my six-month-old. Didn’t even say sorry.” Danielle Carty – “They need to crack down on the cyclist riders first and the scooters don't need to have rego or helmets. You all be old one day see how you would like to be treated like the people riding the scooters today they need it. The government after more money for the elderly.”
Nate Whatley – “You will be old some day! So when you’re on a pension whinging you can’t get around because you can’t afford to pay rego on these vehicles, remember this moment.”
Clayton York – “I’m all for people using scooters, but please go slow!”
Some readers think mobility scooters have become downright dangerous