When Cliff Richard and his friends famously went off on their “Summer Holiday”, they took a red Routemaster double decker bus. Carol and John Palmer from Mansfield, Nottinghamshire could have travelled to the seaside resort of Skegness by car, bus or train. But that would have been too easy!! Instead they decided to make the journey on their mobility scooters, accompanied by their pet pooch Tess. Unfortunately they only made it as far as Langworth near Lincoln before being stopped by the police.
John Palmer explained: “We got stopped at Langworth by the police, so we couldn’t go any further which was a big shame. It’s disappointing as we wanted to go all the way. We need some hazard lights and signs according to the police, but I don’t know why, as we are taxed and insured for the road”.
The couple combined their holiday trip with collecting money for the RNLI. After their seven day stay in a caravan at The Grange site in Ingoldmells, they will travel back home on their mobility scooters, raising money for the Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire Air Ambulance.
As well as raising money for charity, Carol and John Palmer have also raised the thorny issue of whether mobility scooters should be licenced for road use. There seems to be a lot of ambiguity at the moment as to when mobility scooters can be driven on UK roads. At the moment it appears to be a discretionary thing, based on the whim of individual police officers. The matter needs to be clarified once and for all by the police.