DCC road safety adviser Deborah Palmer and Mobility
Scooters Otago salesman Randel McPherson hold a
hi-visibility vest - a spot prize at the Mosgiel Mobility
Safe Day next Wednesday. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
That 10 mobility scooter riders have been killed, and 19
seriously injured, in New Zealand in the past five years is
''frightening'' and such deaths and injuries need to stop,
Dunedin City Council road safety adviser Deborah Palmer says.
''It is up to each and every one of us, whether we are
pedestrians, motor vehicle users or mobility scooter users,
to play our part to ensure we are all safe footpath and road
users, so that figure is not repeated in the next five
Mrs Palmer, Age Concern Otago spokesman Niall Shepherd,
Mobility Scooters Otago owner Tony McCarthy and
Senior Constable Jacqui Ballam, of Mosgiel, are holding a
''Mobility Safe Day'' at the Mosgiel RSA next Wednesday at
The New Zealand Fire Brigade will talk about fire safety and
the correct way to charge a scooter battery.
Mrs Palmer said the speakers would give safety tips and
mobility scooter users could air their concerns.
Mr McCarthy would talk about safety features on scooters and
accessories to make a scooter safer.
If time permitted, there would be a scooter handling
A similar event in Mosgiel last year attracted 60 scooter
owners, Mrs Palmer said.
Riding a mobility scooter carelessly, inconsiderately or at a
dangerous speed could result in a $100 fine or more, she
And if a scooter rider caused a crash, and there was injury
or death and the rider failed to stop, they could be
convicted and fined up to $4500 or jailed for three months,
Mobility scooter safety tips
• Give way to pedestrians.
• Use the footpath if available.
• Travel at a courteous speed.
• If involved in a crash, stop and see if anyone is injured.
• If someone is injured, report the crash to police within 24
• If you have lost your driver's licence because of vision or
hearing issues, maybe a mobility scooter is not a suitable
transport option for you.
• Do not use a mobility scooter under the influence of drugs
• Use your scooter in a careful and considerate manner.
Source: Dunedin City Council