A snippet

I read on Yahoo news yesterday that riding an electric scooter is apparently illegal. The picture showed something like a moped.
Looking out of the window a little while ago, a husband and wife team were coming down the road. Each has their own mobility scooter and they have an arrangement that he can lead on the way out and she leads on the way home. There is method in this insomuch as he has the wallet when they go shopping, and she makes the tea when they get back.
There are a lot of mobility scooters here, and if the law stretches to include those, there will be a lot of people who cannot enjoy the freedom such mobility gives them.
Already insurance is needed on some, tax discs are also required, maintenance but not an MOT as with a car as far as I know, but as yet not safety belts or helmets.


Now, thinking along the lines that diesel and petrol vehicles are to be replaced by electric ones, travel will be limited to the range one battery charge can deliver. For people like us, that is unlikely to be sufficient for round trips to do our shopping, take our pet to the vet, or visits to the hospital. Certainly a trip down to Cheltenham would be impossible, so you could argue that my records could be transferred here, which would be OK if we had a decently run doctor’s surgery. However, some screenings are at a hospital, so it’s a Catch 22.

A friend here has a mobility scooter, but she also has an electric tricycle which she uses to do her weekly shop as it has a nice large basket on the back. I saw her pushing it yesterday and thought she’d run out of Go Juice with her battery, but talking to her today, some bastard in the Co-Op car park had let her tyres down. They are viewing CCTV footage to provide to the police and hopefully the culprits will be caught, but punishment?Β  Doubtful.

In years to come, we will be doing everything on-line and having home deliveries.
At the moment, over a certain amount is free, but I’m not comfortable with someone choosing my fresh produce on my behalf, and some of the ‘alternatives’ provided make you extremely nervous!
But then if delivery vehicles also have to be electric, what distance can they cover?

Just a thought………………. which opens up a whole can of worms.

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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22 Responses to A snippet

  1. wildchild47 says:

    Electrics are an interesting challenge. And whether we’re “green minded” or not? Well, technically, over long distances, it’s just not practical. At all. Here in NA and in Canada, some of the major trucking companies have been testing out electrical rigs (to haul, etc.) and the truth is, they perform horribly, are fraught with all kinds of mechanical problems, they can’t “deliver” on “savings” etc. and actually cause more delays and dangers than not. Who would have thought? As for the “regulars” -i.e. normal folk? They could be some form of alternative consideration, but then, there are all kinds of “hidden” problems too – some, extremely dangerous. I think the idea is hard to fathom, but when technology, especially in theory, is outstripping the realities and testing, and practical day-to-day, then we can envision “better” as viable working solutions, but it’s not necessarily the case. To be sure, I also think it depends on Location. I mean, for example, I live in Quebec, and the sheer size of this province alone means we can take all of continental Europe, drop it in, and we still have tons of room to spare!? So I think that in some places, some cities, where traffic is a royal nightmare, like London – then perhaps there can be ideas that can be beneficial, practical.

    As for all the “online” etc. etc.? Well, like you, personally, if we keep pushing for these kinds of services more and more, we’re eliminating, often, the importance of social interactions and sense of community an engagement. And like you, I have my doubts about someone else making certain choices for me. Hands on experience – shouldn’t we be encouraging this more? And shifting our focus, as much as possible, in working with local provisions etc. … of course, maybe it’s just me, but I’d rather live in a world far less “connected/online” – with “less” – and be content with an authentic experience. And it maybe sounds strange, because I live in the middle of nowhere – in cottage country – and there isn’t public transit as such, or services etc. that are readily available closer to the city – which is about 3 hours away – and yet, I can’t imagine living in all of that anymore, even after growing up and there.

    (okay, enough of my “blah blah” – sorry, I do tend to “go on” sometimes)

    • I’m a people person and like interaction. If I want to buy something, I like to see it and not a picture, so buying on-line is a turn off.
      When it comes to clothes shopping, something I hate with a passion, having no idea what dress size I am as it’s forever changing (as am I, LOL)
      shops never seem to have anything I like and if they do, it’s never in my size anyway but always available ‘on line’.
      IMO we depend too much on technology, and the assumption that everyone has apps, computers, internet access and smart phones. I still see the look of horror on my niece’s face when I told her my mobile only sent and received calls and texts (and it had been almost 2 years before we found out about the latter and what the occasional Beep was).

      • wildchild47 says:

        LOL@the last part of the comment — what the occasional Beep was!

        I don’t even have a mobile – I live in an area where coverage is spotty – in order to get a *guaranteed* signal, I’d have to travel an hour or so. So yeah, you should see how people react when you say things like, “no cell/mobile” or that the most basic internet service is …. wait — DIAL UP! (thank the stars for satellite!) I’m rather a Luddite I think, more so the older I get. And I can totally relate about the hands-on, even if it’s something unpleasant, like clothes shopping – all hail “sweat pants” or “leggings” — LOL πŸ˜‰

      • Yay! someone after my own heart. Joggers and a tee for ever!
        Haha about the mobile………. we get the same reaction when we say we haven’t got a TV!

      • wildchild47 says:

        LOL! I can bet! (about the t.v.) … *snorting* …. for some reason, this has just made my day ~ hope you have a tremendously wonderful weekend Di πŸ™‚

  2. In my town there are a HUGE number (more than I ever realized) of mobility challenged folks. Some, I suspect, are kinda lazy and could walk the distance if they wanted to, but who am I to judge? I often get looks myself because I APPEAR to be able to walk around if I want. It’s not the case. Anyway for the past two or three weeks if I go to the grocery store (which is where i use the electric carts provided), I’ve found my grocer has run out of them. I complained about it on the last visit, because to me it’s idiotic for a store not to have a few in working order. Recently a big chain store closed and their pharmacy customers were offered the choice to come use the pharmacy in my grocer’s store. Maybe that accounts for the resulting diminished electric cart availability, but I was there at the store really early (hoping to avoid that situation), the pharmacy wasn’t open and there was only one cart (thank god) available. I found the manager and asked her what the problem was and she said “Oh we need to fix some of them because they’ve just worn out”. I advised her that I would have to change grocers if something wasn’t done because I can’t walk around the store and standing only exacerbates my pain. If some assholes in political office pass a law saying the electric cart or bike is illegal to use, I don’t know what I’ll do. That’s one of the more stupid laws I’ve heard of recently, and that’s saying something. Because lately? To me? They’re all pretty damned stupid.

    • I know what you mean Hubby used to use one too, then those who had before him didn’t bother to plug them back in to recharge them.
      To some it’s a lifeline to get out. At the moment, I don’t think it applies to the mobility scooters as such, more the electric versions of those we had as kids, but with a seat.

  3. Sadje says:

    There would have to vehicles made to go for longer on electric batteries. Till then you are good with your fuel driven cars.

  4. colinandray says:

    Thinking back to our milk deliveries in the late 50’s/early 60’s – electric power is not new, and you would think after 50+ years, it should have developed to make it very practical as an alternative vehicle fuel.
    Over here, bicycles are allowed on the road and, by legislation, that includes mopeds (defined as a motorized bicycle … with pedals for backup), Mobility scooters are not allowed on the road, but are allowed on the sidewalk. Carol and I often joke about one day when we need a scooter each, we’ll buy the racing model(?) … and terrorize the sidewalks as we race each other to the store! πŸ™‚

  5. jenanita01 says:

    whatever happened to progress? we seem to be going backwards…

  6. In my neighborhood, many people drive to the store in their golf carts.

  7. Lets hope we generate enough electricity for all those extra vehicles and make more stations available to plug in to top up batteries ..
    And that is awful about your friends tyres. ❀

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