Motorists told the Birmingham Mail the OAP was ‘completely oblivious’ to the mayhem she was leaving in her wake on the dual carriageway A451 ring road in Kiddermisterat 4.45pm on Tuesday 24th May 2016.
One motorist managed to film the silver haired scooted rider, as she drove around a busy roundabout, forcing vehicles to stop in their tracks as they tried to avoid the mobility scooter which has a top speed of 8mph. Driver Vanessa Hughes, 42, described the chaos: “I just couldn’t believe what I was seeing. Cars were beeping their horns and putting on their hazard warning lights to tell other road users to be careful. She just seemed completely oblivious to what was going on. I hope she got where she was going ok!”
Government guidelines stipulate that class 3 mobility scooters should use the pavements where possible. If used on a dual carriageway the driver should use a flashing amber beacon. Caution is advised when using the road and drivers should use a reflective jacket.
The Highway Code adds: “When negotiating major roundabouts (ie with two or more lanes) it may be safer for you to use the pavement or find a route which avoids the roundabout altogether. Mobility scooters MUST NOT be used on motorways. They should not be used on unrestricted dual carriageways where the speed limit exceeds 50 mph (80 km/h) but if they are used on these dual carriageways, they MUST have a flashing amber beacon.”
West Mercia Police said they had no log of the incident, but warned that mobility scooters should only be used following government guidelines. Their spokesman added: “However, class 3 invalid carriages must also be registered and you could be stopped by police if your invalid carriage does not have the necessary features.”