Good driving only on borrowed scooters

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Reckless driving from people using mobility vehicles and bicycles in Bedford town centre is sparking outrage from pedestrians .

Last week, reader Julie Day recounted an incident where she was ‘run over’ by a mobility scooter outside Marks and Spencer, and added as scooters and bicycles do not have identification plates, riders cannot be prosecuted if they cause an accident.

But for many people who find walking difficult, a mobility scooter gives them the freedom to carry on with their daily life. And if they do not have their own, Bedford Shopmobility is in the town centre to lend one for free.

Defending responsible scooter users, Bedford Shopmobility charity trustee Graham Wright said everyone who borrows a vehicle is given training and the scooters can be identified.

He said: “All of our users are trained how to drive the vehicles, and also given instructions to consider other shoppers. The scooters are fitted with a hooter, and all have identity numbers.”

He added: The service is available to anyone with walking difficulties, be that permanent or temporary, so if you broke your leg you would be permitted to ‘hire’ one of our scooters.”

Bedford Shopmobility is run by volunteers and is partly funded by Bedford Borough Council. For more information go call 01234 348000.