My View on Mobility Scooters

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Submitted: August 01, 2018

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My View on Mobility Scooters:

This is my article on mobility scooters and my opinion on them.
Mobility scooters are used by people who are disabled or elderly, but nowadays everyone is using them a mode of transport to get around.
In my opinion I believe that mobility scooters are being misused as so many people are using mobility scooters especially where I live in Clacton on Sea. As most people using these mobility scooters drive pretty fast and try and get people who are walking on the pavement to move out of the way for them. An example, of this happened when me and mum went shopping to Wilkos in the town centre of Clacton. A man driving a mobility scooter knocked my mum over into a shelf. He apologised and actually confessed to us that it was a new mobility scooter and hadn’t driven it for very long. But there is a man who uses a mobility scooter and has made it look rather cool as he’s got a coffin on the back of the scooter with a dancing and singing skeleton coming out of the coffin!
After this incident I was very annoyed as I feel that these mobility scooters shouldn’t be given out to anybody who wants to buy one and plus some of them are so cheap! Just like applying for benefits such as Disability Living Allowance (or Personal Independent Payment (PIP) as it’s now known as) ESA (Employment Support Allowance), or the Blue Disability Badge. All mobility scooters should be taxed and just like the Blue Disability Badge everyone should be interviewed and assessed to see if they’re eligible to drive one and also be shown and taught to drive one as well.
I believe if the government did this, people who cannot drive these mobility scooters they shouldn’t be allowed one as they’ll endanger the public.
However, my opinion on mobility scooters has now changed as comedienne Tanyalee Davis was discriminated against by The Great Western Rail Company as she had to give up the wheelchair space to a female passenger who had a pushchair. As apparently mobility scooters are not considered as a wheelchair and it does not have the same rights as other disability laws have. There are many types of public transport that doesn’t allow mobility scooters on their mode of transport. On top of that the train decided that the female passenger who had a pushchair needed more priority than Tanyalee. She was humiliated by the train guard more as he announced over the tannoy system that “the train will be delayed due to the lady in the mobility scooter!” luckily Tanyalee and her husband Kevin recorded the incident and posted it on YouTube and social media. I heard this on ITV News Anglia and Tanyalee was interviewed about her train humiliation by Eammon Holmes and Ruth Langsford on ITV’s This Morning.
I now believe that anybody who has or needs a mobility scooter should have one. I had no idea that a mobility scooter is not considered as a wheelchair and that there are no disability laws regarding mobility scooters. I hope Tanyalee gets a petition signed and takes it to Parliament and change the laws regarding mobility scooters. I have to admit my previous opinion of mobility scooters was rather ignorant! As the saying goes “You should never judge a book by its cover!” So therefore always keep an open mind than have a narrow one!


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