Invalid Vehicles: Pedestrian Areas

Department for Transport written question – answered on 20th September 2017.

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Photo of Lord Blencathra Lord Blencathra Chair, Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee, Chair, Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to restrict the (1) size, (2) weight, and (3) speed, of mobility scooters that are permitted to be used on pavements; and how many injuries have been caused to pedestrians by users of mobility scooters in each of the last five years.

Photo of Lord Callanan Lord Callanan Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

We have no plans to restrict the size, weight or speed of mobility scooters permitted to be used on pavements.

Below is a table showing the number of reported accidents, by severity, involving mobility scooter in Great Britain: 2011-2015. It is important to note that the number of police forces who have provided data has changed over time, so the data below is not comparable between years in terms of national trends in the number of accidents.

Accident severity

Year*

Killed

Serious

Slight

Total

2011

0

6

4

10

2012

1

17

66

84

2013

5

26

125

156

2014

9

46

153

208

2015

8

47

167

222

*Number of police forces providing data: 2011=1, 2012=12, 2013=22, 2014=27, 2015=31

The second table below gives the number of reported casualties in accidents involving mobility scooters from 2011-2015. The information has been broken down to separate mobility scooter riders from all other casualties involved in these accidents. It is important to note that the number of police forces who have provided data has changed over time, so the data below is not comparable between years in terms of national trends in the number of casualties.

Number of reported casualties, by severity, involving mobility scooter in Great Britain: 2011-2015

Mobility scooter rider

Other casualties

Casualty severity

Casualty severity

Year*

Killed

Serious

Slight

Total

Killed

Serious

Slight

Total

2011

0

4

1

5

0

2

3

5

2012

1

11

43

55

0

6

26

32

2013

5

17

102

124

0

9

31

40

2014

9

37

117

163

0

9

46

55

2015

8

39

127

174

0

8

45

53

*Number of police forces providing data: 2011=1, 2012=12, 2013=22, 2014=27, 2015=31

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