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? 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.