Just popped in and see that the subject of mobility scooters has been popping up. I don't personally use one, but know they give a great deal of independence and freedom to those who benefit from them. With them becoming more commonplace and models becoming quicker and easier to operate feel that new safety rules need to be introduced to protect those who use them, and those people who are around them (me and you on the streets). Time and time again I see them misused and others suffer. Today was such an example I saw a gentleman speeding up the middle of a side street dragging along his dog obliviousness to his speed, the cars around him and his dog struggling to keep up. I am not up for banning people walking their dogs whilst using mobility scooters, lots of disabled people would otherwise be denied enjoying their much loved pets. What I believe should happen now is that like cars or motorbikes all scooters should carry an identifying plate. And laws introduced to manage speed. After all if you owned a moped you would not be allowed to speed through your local high town so why should a mobility scooter be allowed too? I also think that a public liability insurance should be a must and not a suggestion, even to the most sensible of users, there is always a risk of accident and it is better to be protected.
If the man I saw today behaving inconsiderately with his dog being dragged along behind him on his mobility scooter had an identifying plate and laws were in place I could have reported him and hopefully stopped his dog from getting further abused, as it is this mad man will continue to drive badly at speed down the the middle of roads towing his poor dog and I am powerless.