"I was run down by a mobility scooter"

Gazette: "I was run down by a mobility scooter" "I was run down by a mobility scooter"

A MUM is calling for a law change after she was run down by a mobility scooter in a shop.

Julie Howman, 44, was shopping in Wilkinson’s in St John’s Street, Colchester, when a mobility scooter careered into the checkout and knocked her over.

Ms Howman, of Hawthorn Avenue, Colchester, says riders should have to take a test to use the scooters.

See Wednesday's Gazette for the full story

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6:21pm Wed 26 Mar 14

chuffster says...

Hilarious!
Hilarious! chuffster
  • Score: -6

7:33pm Wed 26 Mar 14

DailyGazette says...

Boo Hoo
Boo Hoo DailyGazette
  • Score: -16

7:52pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Boris says...

Julie Howman is right. The above jokers may not realise it, but people have actually been killed by out-of-control mobility scooters, and plenty of people have ended up in hispital after being hit by one. People who have them should have to pass a suitable driving test, and should have to have insurance to cover any injuries that they may cause.
Julie Howman is right. The above jokers may not realise it, but people have actually been killed by out-of-control mobility scooters, and plenty of people have ended up in hispital after being hit by one. People who have them should have to pass a suitable driving test, and should have to have insurance to cover any injuries that they may cause. Boris
  • Score: 29

7:52pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Boris says...

hospital, sorry
hospital, sorry Boris
  • Score: 4

9:24pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Lawford Lass says...

I agree, my 7 year was nearly knocked over by a mobility scooter that came round a corner really fast. There was no apology, just a tut because we were in her way. They are dangerous, you aren't allowed to ride bikes on the pavement so why these scooters?
I agree, my 7 year was nearly knocked over by a mobility scooter that came round a corner really fast. There was no apology, just a tut because we were in her way. They are dangerous, you aren't allowed to ride bikes on the pavement so why these scooters? Lawford Lass
  • Score: 21

11:25pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Hamiltonandy says...

When my elderly relative tried out a scooter she was told to "only go at the speed you would walk". Apart from the normal speed control, the scooters have an adjustable control often marked with a tortoise and a hare. So there is no excuse to go to fast. Unfortunately some elderly people have poor visual perception and slow reactions. I think the slower compact scooters limited to 4mph are not a problem. It is the larger ones capable of 8mph that can be a menace and should be regulated.
When my elderly relative tried out a scooter she was told to "only go at the speed you would walk". Apart from the normal speed control, the scooters have an adjustable control often marked with a tortoise and a hare. So there is no excuse to go to fast. Unfortunately some elderly people have poor visual perception and slow reactions. I think the slower compact scooters limited to 4mph are not a problem. It is the larger ones capable of 8mph that can be a menace and should be regulated. Hamiltonandy
  • Score: 23

7:32am Thu 27 Mar 14

Say It As It Is OK? says...

Many of these mobility scooter users are a nuisance and think they always have the right of way over pedestrians on the pavement. The don't!

Legislation should be in place that restricts the speed of pavement mobility scooters to 3mph (normal walking pace) and all others should not be used on pavements but on roads and dedicated cycle tracks only.
Many of these mobility scooter users are a nuisance and think they always have the right of way over pedestrians on the pavement. The don't! Legislation should be in place that restricts the speed of pavement mobility scooters to 3mph (normal walking pace) and all others should not be used on pavements but on roads and dedicated cycle tracks only. Say It As It Is OK?
  • Score: 16

7:53am Thu 27 Mar 14

stevedawson says...

Thats a hard one because they are using the scooter because of a disability.the poor lady looks visibly shaken by the incident.maybe she can claim from the scooter users insurance to make her feel a tad better.
Thats a hard one because they are using the scooter because of a disability.the poor lady looks visibly shaken by the incident.maybe she can claim from the scooter users insurance to make her feel a tad better. stevedawson
  • Score: 0

8:15am Thu 27 Mar 14

rhetoric says...

Mobility scooters are indeed a menace, and I speak as a former full time carer for a disabled person.

It is particularly noticeable when one is accompanying a disabled person at the stage when they can still take a limited walk, and they try to do so on the basis of "use it or lose it". The scooter "drivers" often have an attitude of "I'm disabled so you have to get out of my way, pronto!". In fact there are many more people who find it hard to walk briskly, they don't have eyes in the back of their heads, and some are as disabled as the scooter drivers but struggle to keep on their feet while they can.

This is not to discredit the need to have such mobility aids, but really the footpath in a crowded town is not the place, nor is the average supermarket aisle or the checkout queue. Sorry, but that's plain fact.

We have a huge bully in this area who in fact wears a cowboy hat as he "drives". I have seen him in Sainsburys going at a pace likely to kill a small child. Just before Christmas he came at me over a hilltop, doing a very fast downhill speed and expecting all and sundry to jump out of his way. He is well known locally so why on earth some action is not taken about him I can't imagine. He has "joke" speed-inferencing numberplates attached to the scooter. Probably he needs sectioning?

The point is, before embarking on their outings these scooter drivers need a course in respecting others, and acknowledging that there may be many pedestrians who cannot jump for their lives when a scooter approaches!

They do a great dis-service to the rest of the disabled, who get more than enough hate directed at them already.
Mobility scooters are indeed a menace, and I speak as a former full time carer for a disabled person. It is particularly noticeable when one is accompanying a disabled person at the stage when they can still take a limited walk, and they try to do so on the basis of "use it or lose it". The scooter "drivers" often have an attitude of "I'm disabled so you have to get out of my way, pronto!". In fact there are many more people who find it hard to walk briskly, they don't have eyes in the back of their heads, and some are as disabled as the scooter drivers but struggle to keep on their feet while they can. This is not to discredit the need to have such mobility aids, but really the footpath in a crowded town is not the place, nor is the average supermarket aisle or the checkout queue. Sorry, but that's plain fact. We have a huge bully in this area who in fact wears a cowboy hat as he "drives". I have seen him in Sainsburys going at a pace likely to kill a small child. Just before Christmas he came at me over a hilltop, doing a very fast downhill speed and expecting all and sundry to jump out of his way. He is well known locally so why on earth some action is not taken about him I can't imagine. He has "joke" speed-inferencing numberplates attached to the scooter. Probably he needs sectioning? The point is, before embarking on their outings these scooter drivers need a course in respecting others, and acknowledging that there may be many pedestrians who cannot jump for their lives when a scooter approaches! They do a great dis-service to the rest of the disabled, who get more than enough hate directed at them already. rhetoric
  • Score: 29

9:43am Thu 27 Mar 14

stevedawson says...

Wether these scooter riders are a menace or not one question was not made clear yesterday when the commons past the benifits bill.what has happened to the disabilty living fund set up to allow the diabled to live in the community.mr. penning"nhs is safe with us"was trying to abolish it.
Wether these scooter riders are a menace or not one question was not made clear yesterday when the commons past the benifits bill.what has happened to the disabilty living fund set up to allow the diabled to live in the community.mr. penning"nhs is safe with us"was trying to abolish it. stevedawson
  • Score: -13

10:16am Thu 27 Mar 14

LisaMarie83 says...

I know exactly who you mean. I used to work in Sainsburys and he once came round the corner of the drinks aisle so fast he knocked hundreds of pounds worth of alcohol on the floor and injured a toddler, he didn't give a ****.

I do think some mobility scooter users need to be a lot more careful, as they risk giving all a bad name.

I always try to let them pass first, or stand aside for them, but the amount of times I've nearly lost toes due to not immediately leaping out their way is a tad ridiculous.
I know exactly who you mean. I used to work in Sainsburys and he once came round the corner of the drinks aisle so fast he knocked hundreds of pounds worth of alcohol on the floor and injured a toddler, he didn't give a ****. I do think some mobility scooter users need to be a lot more careful, as they risk giving all a bad name. I always try to let them pass first, or stand aside for them, but the amount of times I've nearly lost toes due to not immediately leaping out their way is a tad ridiculous. LisaMarie83
  • Score: 25

11:47am Thu 27 Mar 14

jammin says...

Photographer - ok, I need you to pose for the camera and look as grumpy...oh no wait a minute, your fine.
Julie - what do you want me to do?
Photographer - don't worry, I'm done!
Photographer - ok, I need you to pose for the camera and look as grumpy...oh no wait a minute, your fine. Julie - what do you want me to do? Photographer - don't worry, I'm done! jammin
  • Score: 13

11:58am Thu 27 Mar 14

Checkout says...

It's quite obvious that anyone who proceeds by any means in any public place needs a test to prove competency. Pedestrians should be able to walk, without deviation, hesitation or prevarication around a marked irregular course. Health hearing and eye tests should be mandatory with re-testing every two years. Failure to pass the test should mean incarceration in approved facilities at the persons own expense.
Rules for cyclists, scooter users and other road users - you make it up. Nanny state or what?
Most of the most careless users of transportation I have seen do fit a "one size fits all" type be they walkers or trundlers of various types.
It's quite obvious that anyone who proceeds by any means in any public place needs a test to prove competency. Pedestrians should be able to walk, without deviation, hesitation or prevarication around a marked irregular course. Health hearing and eye tests should be mandatory with re-testing every two years. Failure to pass the test should mean incarceration in approved facilities at the persons own expense. Rules for cyclists, scooter users and other road users - you make it up. Nanny state or what? Most of the most careless users of transportation I have seen do fit a "one size fits all" type be they walkers or trundlers of various types. Checkout
  • Score: 15

2:10pm Thu 27 Mar 14

The King of Colchester says...

Half the people I riding these scooters don't need them because they can't walk - they use them because they can't be bothered to walk, usually with a fag in one hand and bingo wings hanging over the edges of the seats!
Half the people I riding these scooters don't need them because they can't walk - they use them because they can't be bothered to walk, usually with a fag in one hand and bingo wings hanging over the edges of the seats! The King of Colchester
  • Score: 18

2:38pm Thu 27 Mar 14

the mighty wah says...

Don't go to Benidorm if you fear being run over by a mobility scooter!
Don't go to Benidorm if you fear being run over by a mobility scooter! the mighty wah
  • Score: 11

3:22pm Thu 27 Mar 14

stevedawson says...

Open the cage!
Open the cage! stevedawson
  • Score: -5

5:52pm Thu 27 Mar 14

justinhope says...

FFS !!
FFS !! justinhope
  • Score: -2

7:53pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Jess says...

chuffster wrote:
Hilarious!
I can't help it- I chuckled too. Especially with the expression on their faces in the photo.

It all boils down to respect for others and common courtesy anyway. Not everyone has that.....
[quote][p][bold]chuffster[/bold] wrote: Hilarious![/p][/quote]I can't help it- I chuckled too. Especially with the expression on their faces in the photo. It all boils down to respect for others and common courtesy anyway. Not everyone has that..... Jess
  • Score: 9

10:29am Fri 28 Mar 14

friday_woods says...

Probably the same clown who parks it outside the bookies opposite Wilkos. Rude, impatient man who thinks he owns the footpaths. He needs a stinger deployed against his scooter.
Probably the same clown who parks it outside the bookies opposite Wilkos. Rude, impatient man who thinks he owns the footpaths. He needs a stinger deployed against his scooter. friday_woods
  • Score: 11

11:36am Fri 28 Mar 14

the mighty wah says...

friday_woods wrote:
Probably the same clown who parks it outside the bookies opposite Wilkos. Rude, impatient man who thinks he owns the footpaths. He needs a stinger deployed against his scooter.
He now takes it into Corals. When he leaves its crash bang wallop.
[quote][p][bold]friday_woods[/bold] wrote: Probably the same clown who parks it outside the bookies opposite Wilkos. Rude, impatient man who thinks he owns the footpaths. He needs a stinger deployed against his scooter.[/p][/quote]He now takes it into Corals. When he leaves its crash bang wallop. the mighty wah
  • Score: 8

2:48pm Fri 28 Mar 14

pixiebell87 says...

its a shame that a bad few on mobility scooters make all look bad.
Ive used a mobility scooter for years and never hit anybody with it.
i make a point of moving out of the way so people can get passed me and certainly wouldnt go fast in crowded areas !!!
its a shame that a bad few on mobility scooters make all look bad. Ive used a mobility scooter for years and never hit anybody with it. i make a point of moving out of the way so people can get passed me and certainly wouldnt go fast in crowded areas !!! pixiebell87
  • Score: 9

8:13pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Madgebrown55 says...

Dont tar us all with the same brush, yes i have been on the end of rude get out my way mobility scooter riders when working in town retail shop.Now due to illness i have to use one to get about or be house bound, but i treat people the way i want to be treated GOOD MANNERS cost nothing.
Dont tar us all with the same brush, yes i have been on the end of rude get out my way mobility scooter riders when working in town retail shop.Now due to illness i have to use one to get about or be house bound, but i treat people the way i want to be treated GOOD MANNERS cost nothing. Madgebrown55
  • Score: 10

7:04am Sat 29 Mar 14

A Very Private Gentleman says...

What about the proposal of an electronic device that slows down or stops like a bleeper infra red light, when the scooter is approaching an object.
What about the proposal of an electronic device that slows down or stops like a bleeper infra red light, when the scooter is approaching an object. A Very Private Gentleman
  • Score: -4

11:42am Sat 29 Mar 14

SOMETHING2SAY says...

You should see things in Manningtree !!! Theres one old boy take a huge one into Tesco Express , hogging up the isles and staff having to move displays so he can get around. Theres also a lady who use the charity shop most days , staff have to erect a large , heavy , metal folding ramp at the door, that blocks the path , so mothers have to wheel buggies in the road to avoid it..
And last summer , another old boy lost control of his , left the kerb , tumbled over , and very badly hurt his head.
Many think they own the place , go to fast , and have the nerve to also "drive" in the road !!!! So , yes to test !!
You should see things in Manningtree !!! Theres one old boy take a huge one into Tesco Express , hogging up the isles and staff having to move displays so he can get around. Theres also a lady who use the charity shop most days , staff have to erect a large , heavy , metal folding ramp at the door, that blocks the path , so mothers have to wheel buggies in the road to avoid it.. And last summer , another old boy lost control of his , left the kerb , tumbled over , and very badly hurt his head. Many think they own the place , go to fast , and have the nerve to also "drive" in the road !!!! So , yes to test !! SOMETHING2SAY
  • Score: 4

1:09pm Sun 30 Mar 14

Checkout says...

They fall into the holes in the roads in Shrub End and no one ever sees them again. With a bit of luck they might fall on top of the 64 bus which disappeared into a crater in Iceni Way a few days ago and not be hurt.
They fall into the holes in the roads in Shrub End and no one ever sees them again. With a bit of luck they might fall on top of the 64 bus which disappeared into a crater in Iceni Way a few days ago and not be hurt. Checkout
  • Score: 5

3:06pm Sun 30 Mar 14

shallowJoker says...

I presume that is the mother of Julie howman in the picture and as the daughter has a natually glum look, however I do not think it is fair to poke fun at Julie as the first two people to comment on this aticle has and as you can see she is purely a born victim.
I presume that is the mother of Julie howman in the picture and as the daughter has a natually glum look, however I do not think it is fair to poke fun at Julie as the first two people to comment on this aticle has and as you can see she is purely a born victim. shallowJoker
  • Score: 3

8:19am Mon 31 Mar 14

UndergroundOverground says...

A Very Private Gentleman wrote:
What about the proposal of an electronic device that slows down or stops like a bleeper infra red light, when the scooter is approaching an object.
Yes great idea genius lets retro fit these devices to tens of thousands of mobility scoooters, rather than introduce legislation that would see the users being responsible for their actions.
[quote][p][bold]A Very Private Gentleman[/bold] wrote: What about the proposal of an electronic device that slows down or stops like a bleeper infra red light, when the scooter is approaching an object.[/p][/quote]Yes great idea genius lets retro fit these devices to tens of thousands of mobility scoooters, rather than introduce legislation that would see the users being responsible for their actions. UndergroundOverground
  • Score: 0

8:38am Mon 31 Mar 14

Ritchie_Hicks says...

UndergroundOvergroun
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wrote:
A Very Private Gentleman wrote:
What about the proposal of an electronic device that slows down or stops like a bleeper infra red light, when the scooter is approaching an object.
Yes great idea genius lets retro fit these devices to tens of thousands of mobility scoooters, rather than introduce legislation that would see the users being responsible for their actions.
There is already some legislation within the Highway Code for this.

As always, pedestrians have right of way over any other road user.

Rules for users of powered wheelchairs and mobility scooters (36 to 46): https://www.gov.uk/r
ules-powered-wheelch
airs-mobility-scoote
rs-36-46/on-pavement
s-38-to-40
[quote][p][bold]UndergroundOvergroun d[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]A Very Private Gentleman[/bold] wrote: What about the proposal of an electronic device that slows down or stops like a bleeper infra red light, when the scooter is approaching an object.[/p][/quote]Yes great idea genius lets retro fit these devices to tens of thousands of mobility scoooters, rather than introduce legislation that would see the users being responsible for their actions.[/p][/quote]There is already some legislation within the Highway Code for this. As always, pedestrians have right of way over any other road user. Rules for users of powered wheelchairs and mobility scooters (36 to 46): https://www.gov.uk/r ules-powered-wheelch airs-mobility-scoote rs-36-46/on-pavement s-38-to-40 Ritchie_Hicks
  • Score: 1

11:05am Mon 31 Mar 14

Altoona beema says...

Be wanting compensation next
What a joke
Be wanting compensation next What a joke Altoona beema
  • Score: 0

3:34pm Mon 31 Mar 14

i see all says...

I definitely feel some kind of aptitude test is required and relevant insurance. Having witnessed a number of mobility scooter related accidents resulting in injuries and even death. You're not allowed to drink and drive a car but I have seen a guy who spends all afternoon in the pub then weaves his way home on his scooter!
I definitely feel some kind of aptitude test is required and relevant insurance. Having witnessed a number of mobility scooter related accidents resulting in injuries and even death. You're not allowed to drink and drive a car but I have seen a guy who spends all afternoon in the pub then weaves his way home on his scooter! i see all
  • Score: 3

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