Mum of boy hit by mobility scooter to discuss campaign on national TV
A MOTHER, who launched a petition calling for tighter regulations on the use of mobility scooters after her nine-year-old son was injured by one, has collected 3,000 signatures.
Now, Caren Jephson, of Spondon, plans to expand her campaign on a national scale.
On Wednesday, the 45-year-old mum will appear on the BBC's One Show to voice her opinions in front of five million viewers.
She is also planning trips to Nottingham, Manchester, Luton and Birmingham to add to the signatures she has already collected in Derby.
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Mrs Jephson's campaign began in October after her son, Isaac, was hit by a scooter being driven by an elderly man along Babington Lane, Derby, who then failed to stop.
Mrs Jephson said: "Since I've been campaigning, I've heard plenty of stories of people getting hit and then the person in the scooter zooming off.
"Only the elderly and disabled should be allowed to use them and there ought to be a speed limit imposed on them."
Mrs Jephson said the scooter that hit her son did so with such force it sent him flying into a shop window.
Shoppers rushed to the boy's aid as he was left crying with pain.
The legal speed limit for travel on a pavement is 4mph but Mrs Jephson estimated the scooter was travelling much faster.
The charity shop worker said it was lucky her son was not more seriously hurt.
She is delighted with the 3,000 people who have put pen to paper in support of her campaign and has no plans to ease up.
She said: "I'm now hoping to arrange a bus-load of supporters to go to Downing Street so people who have signed the petition can protest to the Government.
"I've had a lot of support. I've spoken to a local mobility shop manager who also wants to try to help me tackle the problem of people buying mobility scooters online and not receiving the training or guidance they need."
It is an issue that the Government has been looking into for several years – with a consultation in 2010 asking people if they would support measures such as mandatory training and eye tests for mobility scooter users.
However, no changes to the law have been introduced.
Anyone wishing to sign the petition should e-mail Mrs Jephson at carenjep45@ gmail.com or they can call in at the Barnardo's shop in Babington Lane.