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Sarah Newton MP calls upon Sec of State for Transport to examine regulation of mobility scooters

Monday, 12 January, 2015
Sarah Newton, Member of Parliament for Truro and Falmouth, recently visited Cornwall Mobility and met with Edward Trewhella to discuss concerns over the regulation of mobility scooters, following the recent accident in Truro.

Following this meeting, Mrs Newton has today written to Patrick McLoughlin MP, Secretary of State for Transport, asking him to urgently examine the regulation of mobility scooters.

Commenting, Sarah said,

‘In light of the dreadful accident involving a mobility scooter in Truro last week, I want to make sure that lessons are learned.  Having met with Cornwall Mobility and listened to their concerns I have raised them with the Secretary of State.

The legislation regarding the use of mobility scooters dates back to 1988 and both the number of scooter users as well as the scooters themselves have changed significantly since then.’

Commenting, Mr Trewhella said,

‘Safety and Training relating to Mobility Scooters are a significant concern of ours – in the absence of a requirement for formal safety training it is important that members of the public are properly assessed as part of the process of acquiring a mobility scooter. People should seek to buy a scooter through organisations which operate under the TSI (Trading Standards Institute) Approved Code which is specifically designed to protect the consumer. We also strongly support the proposed modernisation of the 1988 legislation relating to the use of mobility scooters on the highway.’