SIR – In New Milton there is a greater danger to human life and possible injury than Covid-19 – this is a minority of mobility scooter users.
Last Saturday morning I was almost mown down by one which approached from behind with no prior warning and missed me by inches. Having failed to get me, the driver narrowly avoided hitting several other people on the railway bridge.
One visibly jumped in alarm and had any one of us side-stepped at the last moment it would have been a different outcome.
Sadly, this is not an isolated incident as on many occasions I have noticed erratic and inconsiderate driving of these vehicles. As the number of scooters on the footways increases along with the ageing population, it seems to me that there should be some kind of competency-based test for drivers, particularly where eyesight, co-ordination and consideration for pedestrians are concerned.
It may also be helpful to have the vehicles fitted with bleepers when moving.
2020 is the 25th anniversary of the Disability Discrimination Act and I celebrate this. I also supported it during my working life, and I am not unsympathetic.
But people who drive these vehicles must be aware that all disabilities are not visible and should take care. I am in my eighties and, whilst agile, I have sight and hearing impairment. Other footway users are lively, small children and dogs on leads who don’t always maintain a steady course.
May I conclude by saying thank you to scooter drivers who are careful, considerate and often smile and pass the time of day.