Mo­bil­ity scooter on ma­jor road

South Wales Echo - - News -

MO­TORISTS were left stunned when they spot­ted a mo­bil­ity scooter which as be­ing driven down a busy dual car­riage­way.

The ve­hi­cle was filmed be­ing fol­lowed by a po­lice car on the A470 near Merthyr.

A video shows a po­lice car with its blue lights on to warn other mo­torists of the dan­gers of the slow mov­ing ve­hi­cle, that has a top speed of around 8mph.

A man can be heard in the back­ground of the video say­ing: “Speed cop with a guy on a mo­bil­ity scooter on the A470. Can you be­lieve it?”

A spokes­woman for South Wales Po­lice said they re­ceived sev­eral re­ports of a mo­bil­ity scooter be­ing driven on the A470 on the af­ter­noon of Thurs­day, Jan­uary 10.

She said: “Our of­fi­cers lo­cated the scooter and its driver on the north­bound car­riage­way of the A470 be­tween Aber­cynon and Pen­tre­bach.

“The man was es­corted along the car­riage­way by a po­lice ve­hi­cle to the Pen­tre­bach exit in or­der to en­sure his safety and that of other mo­torists,” she added.

It is not ac­tu­ally il­le­gal to drive a mo­bil­ity scooter on a dual car­riage­way, but the ad­vice from the UK Gov­ern­ment is: “You can­not drive on bus lanes, ‘cy­cle only’ lanes or mo­tor­ways.

“Avoid us­ing dual car­riage­ways with a speed limit of over 50mph.

“You must use an am­ber flash­ing light for vis­i­bil­ity if you use a class 3 in­valid car­riage on a dual car­riage­way.”

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