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Frinton: Town councillors want to ban mobility scooters from pavements
10:00am Tuesday 27th August 2013 in News
TOWN councillors are planning a ban on the “menace” of mobility scooters from the pavements in Frinton.
Members of Frinton and Walton Town Council are looking into the possibility of introducing a by-law preventing the vehicles from driving on the pavements.
The move comes after a pedestrian was knocked down by one speeding scooter as they left their home.
It clattered into the pedestrian on Ashlyns Road, Frinton, and sped off without stopping.
Frinton councillor Terry Allen said: “Some of these machines are quite powerful and there are no regulation laws on them at the moment.
“They fly along the pavements and are just completely oblivious to anything going on around them.
“It is not everyone but it is frightening how some people treat them.”
Mr Allen said the police are looking at discretionary ways of dealing with the problem, while the town council is exploring the possibility of a by-law forcing mobility scooters to use the road.
But Frinton councillor Vanda Watling said: “I think looking to introduce a bylaw is overkill.
“We have an older population in Frinton and our residents need to get around."