Mum calls for law change after son is hurt by mobility scooter
A MOTHER has launched a petition calling for tighter regulations on mobility scooters after her nine-year-old son was injured in the city centre.
Caren Jephson said a scooter driven by an elderly man hit her son, Isaac, 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 45-year-old said she knew of others who had been hit by scooters and called for a change in the law.
She said: "Isaac was left with big bruises on his legs.
"He hit the window with such a thud I thought there'd been a car crash. I was shocked to turn round and see my son lying on the ground.
"I thought he'd been hit by a car but it was in fact a mobility scooter. The man riding it didn't even realise he had hit my son.
"He carried on sailing up the street. When people shouted to him that he had hit my boy he stopped, said sorry and drove off again.
"He was so far up the street within seconds of hitting Isaac, he must have been doing about 20mph."
Mrs Jephson said it was lucky her son was not more seriously hurt.
She has since launched a petition calling for tighter regulations to be introduced and has gathered more than 200 signatures.
She said: "People who use mobility scooters should have to go on a course like drivers do as they're going that fast.
"Many think it's their right of way and that it's okay for them to bomb around. They need to think of others.
"If a car hits you at 20mph or even 10mph, if it's careless driving the driver will get arrested and charged. Why should this be any different?"
It is an issue that has been looked into by the Government 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.
Ann Crosby, of the Southern Derbyshire Pensioners' Association, said she agreed "entirely" with Ms Jephson.
She said: "Users shouldn't go any quicker than fast walking pace and they should be made to take out insurance in case they injure somebody.
"I do know people who are amazed at the speed these mobility scooters go and you do get the odd one dashing around on the pavement."
Mrs Jephson said she planned to discuss her campaign with Mid Derbyshire MP Pauline Latham.
A Derbyshire police spokeswoman confirmed Mrs Jephson had reported the incident and that officers were investigating.
Anyone wishing to sign the petition should email Mrs Jephson at carenjep45@ gmail.com.
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