Woman rammed by mobility scooter

PUBLISHED: 09:51 09 November 2006 | UPDATED: 11:11 06 May 2010

AN ELDERLY lady repeatedly rammed into a customer after losing control of her mobility scooter in a post office. The unsuspecting casualty, who wishes to remain anonymous, is calling for more stringent tests for scooter riders after she was pinned against

AN ELDERLY lady repeatedly rammed into a customer after losing control of her mobility scooter in a post office.

The unsuspecting casualty, who wishes to remain anonymous, is calling for more stringent tests for scooter riders after she was pinned against the counter in the Post Office in West Gate Centre, Stevenage.

She said: "An elderly lady on a mobility scooter lost control and drove into me. "She then seemed unable to engage reverse and proceeded to drive into me two or three times before being pulled backwards by a very strong gentleman waiting in the queue. I was badly shocked."

The injured lady was attended to by Post Office staff, first aiders and security staff.

She said: "The following day a bruise appeared stretching from my knee to my hip and I have experienced a varying degree of pain in my legs."

She added: "Had the person at the counter been a small child and not myself we could have been discussing a death."

In an attempt to find out what regulations, if any, govern mobility scooter riders, The Comet asked a leading supplier.

A spokesman for Motability said: "If the scooter was purchased on the Motability Powered Wheelchair and Scooter Scheme then a detailed assessment, covering sight amongst other things, and instruction, including a test drive, would be given.

"However, I cannot comment if all dealers operate to our standards."

She added: "No driving test is required.

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