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Derby ring road scooter man 'offered advice' by police

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An 83-year-old man spotted driving his mobility scooter on a busy city ring road has been "offered advice" by police.

Motorists saw the vehicle "tootling along" the A601 in Derby on 2 March, with one capturing the scene on a dashcam.

Officers said they had traced the owner to the Chaddesden area.

The man, who had a stroke some years ago, also offered his apologies to other road users, police said.

PC Mark Atterbury from the Chaddesden Safer Neighbourhood Team said: "Unfortunately he had been given some incorrect information about where and when he could use it that caused him to be on a road that was very unsafe for a vehicle of that type.

"Thankfully with the information we received I have been able to pay him a visit and give him the correct advice that means he will now be able to use his scooter in a safer fashion.

"He wanted me to apologise to any of the other road users who had been concerned about his actions but is now pleased to have had the correct information."


Scooter rules

  • You don't need a licence to drive a mobility scooter
  • Mobility scooters come in two categories - Class 2 and Class 3 invalid carriages
  • Class 2 - Have a maximum speed of 4mph and cannot be used on a road unless there is no pavement.
  • Class 3 - Have a maximum speed of 8mph, need to be registered, you need to be over 14 to drive one and they have a set of required features including indicators, horn and rear view mirror
  • Only a Class 3 can be driven on the road and we really wouldn't recommend their use on very busy roads. Even these mustn't be used in bus lanes, 'cycle only' lanes or motorways. Again we would not recommend the use on dual carriageways but if a Class 3 is driven on a dual carriageway you must use an amber flashing light.
  • And of course if you do use a mobility scooter on a road you must follow the Highway Code.

Source: Derbyshire Police


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