|Not enough wall sockets to charge all the scooters!|
Step onto the streets of Benidorm and you are never more than 10 metres away from a scooter - you will see them double parked outside bars and cafes, often obstructing the pavement for pedestrians. In fact, it has become such an issue that many hotels are now forced to charge a daily rate for recharging your scooter due to the volume of them. Enter the lobby of any of the hotels and you will see dozens parked up. And the situation will probably get worse with the increase in petrol prices.
Many residents are trading in their cars and exchanging them for a mobility scooter as there is no road tax or insurance to pay... potentially saving hundreds of euro's per year. At least you would imagine that car drivers have some wits about them, but currently mobility scooter users require NO training or insurance meaning that anyone can hire one.
|Common site in Benidorm - a mobility conga|
An average scooter weighs between 44-50kg and can reach a top speed of between 8-10mph, so imagine being mowed down by one. But its not only injuries caused to passerby's - last year a 79 year old man in Cornwall was killed when his mobility scooter overturned and pinned him against a wall. With an increasing aging population, action needs to be taken to ensure that standards with regard to health and safety and basic training are undertaken.
|Madge upon her chariot|