Almost unbelievably like a stunt straight out of “Last Of The Summer Wine”, a mobility scooter driver with a torch strapped to his head has been caught on camera driving round a roundabout, in the dark, while chatting away on his mobile phone.
The man is filmed changing lanes on his mobility scooter on the roundabout and, as the car passes him, it becomes apparent that the man is in fact on the phone. The video was caught by a driver who saw the man on a busy city centre roundabout at 10pm. In the absence of any lighting on the mobility scooter the man appears to be wearing a head torch to both light his way and indicate his presence to other road users on the roundabout in Pennycomequick, Plymouth.
According to the Highway Code, while mobility scooters capable of reaching speeds of 8mph can be used on the road, manual wheelchairs and class two mobility scooters with an upper speed limit of 4mph are designed to be used on pavements. Furthermore, while on the road, mobility scooters should obey the guidance and rules for other vehicles; when on the pavement mobility scooters should follow the guidance and rules for pedestrians.
Rules regarding lights, indicators and horns as for other road vehicles also apply to mobility scooters. At night, lights must be used. The Highway Code states: “Be aware that other road users may not see you and you should make yourself more visible – even in the daytime and also at dusk – by, for instance, wearing a reflective jacket or reflective strips on the back of the vehicle.”