Call to change law after scooter death

An MEP has called for action to make life safer for disabled people after a fatal mobility scooter crash in Stevenage last month.

Herts Euro MP Richard Howitt called for changes to the law to protect disabled drivers in the wake of the death of Stevenage grandmother, Florence McElligott. The 83-year-old died from injuries sustained in a collision with a 4x4 on Popple Way on February 25.

The Labour politician launched a campaign for new European safety standards and mandatory free training for scooter users earlier this year. He said the incident was more evidence that legislation was needed.

“This is another tragic case involving a mobility scooter which will devastate the family of the pensioner tragically killed and the driver at the wheel of the car.

“Mobility scooters weigh in at 20 stone and can travel at 8mph, and it is shocking that there are no common safety standards or rules that govern their use.

“Mobility scooters give people freedom to get to the shops, doctors and to visit friends, but used wrongly they are a grave danger to both the user and to other pedestrians and road users. It is now our duty to act before any more tragic accidents.”

The MEP said he will address the next meeting of the European Parliament Disability Rights Group, of which he is vice-chairman, to call for new laws.

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