The Government needs to sort out mobility scooter rules, a report by MPs said today.Because governments just love data.
It was important that the Government collected better data on the use of these scooters, the report from the House of Commons Transport Committee said.
Oh, they rarely use it, and if it conflicts with what they want to do anyway, they’ll toss it out in a heartbeat, but they love it and horde it like dragons horde gold…
The MPs noted the DfT launched a consultation exercise on the issue of mobility scooters but was concerned that, after a similar review in 2005, ministers failed to act on many of its findings.You can see the ‘But…’ coming, can’t you?
This time it was important that the Government acted on the consultation conclusions, said the committee's chairman Louise Ellman (Lab, Liverpool Riverside).
She added: "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.And naturally, the H&S people are on this in a flash:
"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."
Kevin Clinton, head of road safety at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, said: "We welcome the call for data to be collected on incidents involving mobility scooters, because current evidence relating to accidents and injuries is sparse.Well, how about you don’t introduce them then? You seem convinced there is a problem without anything other than anecdotal data and your gut feeling.
"The lack of such data means it is difficult to justify introducing new regulations that may be disproportionate to the level of risk associated with mobility scooters."
Do you think you are a climate scientist, or something?
Andrew Howard, the AA's head of road safety, said: "One of the reasons for the success of British road safety has been that we monitor accidents well and act to stop those that we know are happening, rather than those that we think may be happening.Well, indeed.
"That is what we need to do here, to make sure that we don't deny people independence and mobility until we know what the real danger is and how we can remedy it."
He went on: "However, we must remember that these vehicles cannot provide as much protection as a car, and are used by the old and the infirm.
"Unfortunately, these people are more frail and therefore more likely to be killed or injured in accidents compared to younger, fitter people. That must not be forgotten when more information about accidents becomes available."
But it will be, if this post by Going Fast, Getting Nowhere is anything to go on:
In Edinburgh last weekend, an off-duty soldier fell from one, hit his head on the pavement, and sadly died. Now, it was the weekend, at 2.20 am, and the man was celebrating his birthday. I think it is safe to conclude that he would have been in a cheerful frame of mind. It would appear that he lost his footing when jumping off the pedicab to speak to a group of girls. One of those things, eh? No.*sigh*
SOMETHING MUST BE DONE.
There are, apparently 'fresh safety fears' after the incident. Council leaders have 'pledged' to examine the regulations, and Councillor Colin Keir said the rules surrounding rickshaws needed to be made more robust.