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Clacton/Frinton: Disabled campaigner wants restrictions on mobility scooters
4:00pm Thursday 29th August 2013 in News
A DISABLED rights campaigner has backed calls to enforce restrictions on mobility scooters.
Frinton and Walton Town Council is currently exploring introducing a by-law to ban mobility scooters from the pavements in Frinton.
The move came after a pedestrian was knocked down by a rogue scooter driver.
And disability campaigner Barry O’Connell says he would like to see restrictions on motorised scooters - but cannot see how it would be enforced.
Wheelchair user Barry said: “A very low percentage of genuinely disabled people use mobility scooters from my experience, because it has got to a point where they have a bad name.
“I think a lot of people are of the opinion now that some people using them have become out of control.
“The speed some of them go at is ridiculous. I would not be upset to see them banned from the pavements.
“But the fact remains that we have less police officers around and I’m not sure how feasible it is to enforce it. How do we monitor the use of the pavements?"