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Invalid Vehicles: Pedestrian Areas

Department for Transport written question – answered on 23rd October 2017.

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

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 20 September, what discussions they have held with the police about the enforcement of the Use of Invalid Carriages on Highways Regulations 1988; and in particular the legal requirements that (1) no power chair or mobility scooter must exceed 4mph whilst driven on a pavement, (2) they must not exceed 113.4kgs in weight, and (3) they must be fitted with a speed indicator and a regulator capable of restricting them to 4mph on the footway (pavement); and whether they will encourage the police to bring prosecutions for flagrant disregard of those legal requirements.

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

Officials will be writing to the National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for roads policing bringing the matters raised to his attention and asking that he raise the matter with Chief Constables.

However, the deployment of resources is a matter for local Police and Crime Commissioners and their Police forces, based on local priorities.

Protecting pedestrians and all road users is a key priority. We have some of the safest roads in the world but are always looking at ways to make them safer.

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