Rose City pedestrians incensed over rogue scooters
WARWICK Police have received a number of written and verbal complaints about the way some drivers of mobility scooter conduct themselves when cruising around town.
Mowed-down children, run-over toes and disobeying the road rules are just a few of the specifics enraging people of the Southern Downs.
Head of Warwick traffic branch Sergeant Ross Waugh said while many did obey the rules, there were a few who took advantage of their four wheels and showed no respect for others.
"We personally see people riding them on the road the way you'd drive a car and you can't do that," Sgt Waugh said.
Scooter drivers must adhere to the same rules as pedestrians and Sgt Waugh said those who broke the rules would cop a fine.
"That means they're subject to pedestrian lights and must ride on the footpath, not the road," he said.
"If there is no footpath, they can only face on-coming traffic on the road and must cross the road in the shortest, safest possible route."
Disobeying pedestrian traffic light signals or failing to drive on the footpath could result in a fine of about $44.
Sgt Waugh said scooters were not permitted to go faster than 10kmh and anyone who saw a scooter exceeding this limit should report it to police.
He added that some able-bodied people had been known to substitute a car for a scooter to avoid registration fees and fuel costs.
"Before they can be registered, a doctor or physio or occupational therapist needs to state that you need a mobility scooter," Sgt Waugh said.
"We will be doing spot checks to see if the scooter is registered in their name and they will have to provide identification.
"If they can't, we will issue infringement notices. It's as simple as that," he said.
Rose City Shoppingworld centre manager Jason Gard said they were aware of some incidents occurring in the centre with mobility scooters.
"There have been some issues regarding the operation of scooters and we're discussing matters with police," Mr Gard said.
"The only thing we can do is if any are operating in the centre and are going too quickly, we can tell them to keep to a walking pace, the same as other customers."
Warwick woman Alanna Williams wrote on the Daily News Facebook page that she saw a five-year-old child knocked over by a mobility scooter in a local supermarket.
"Then she (scooter driver) abused him," she wrote.
"She came flying out of the aisle and the little boy hadn't moved."
Ali Hodgkinson agreed and said her 18-month-old daughter was almost wiped out by someone driving a mobility scooter.
Rules of the mobility scooter
- If you plan to drive on footpaths or nature strips, scooter it must be registered.
- Must not travel faster than 10km/h.
- Must have a tare weight of no more than 150kg.
- To register scooters, owner must have a certificate or letter from a medical practitioner stating they need the scooter for assisted travel.
- Must adhere to all pedestrian rules.
- Respect pedestrians.
- Ride on the footpath, not road.