Common sense seen as answer to scooter issue

Karren Bye
Karren Bye
No solution is in sight to the dispute between pedestrians and mobility scooter users in Mosgiel.

A second meeting about the issue was held at the Mosgiel RSA yesterday in response to ongoing complaints about mobility scooter use.

About 20 residents attended the meeting.

Mosgiel community constable Senior Constable Karren Bye had earlier called for scooters to be registered as one solution to the problem, but told those present yesterday that could not happen.

Driver testing for mobility scooters users was also not possible.

Sergeant Steve Aitken, of Dunedin, said the issue was in the hands of residents.

''There is no legislation around the usage of mobility scooters and of licensing them.

''For these things to happen, it would require legislative change and it is beyond police to do that.

''The New Zealand Transport Association has said these things are not on the horizon.''

Residents could raise the issue with their local MPs, but it could be solved through common sense, Sgt Aitken said.

''It's about everybody working together and understanding each other's point of view.

''I run on cycle tracks and I can get a fright when someone cycles past me at a great rate of knots, so I appreciate when you have someone doing that on a mobility scooter, it can be distressing.''

Mobility Scooters Otago owner-operator Tony McCarthy said people needed to accept mobility scooters were now a form of transport.

''There's no reason why mobility scooter users and everyone in Mosgiel can't get along.

''I really think these complaints are only coming from a few people.

''Why can we not find these people and talk to them? It cannot be that bad.''

There was no substitute for common sense, Mr McCarthy said.

''This publicity is giving Mosgiel people a bad name and I don't think it's fair.

''Come on, everyone, let's get together and work through these minor issues.''

Snr Const Bye urged people to report incidents of careless or dangerous driving as soon as possible.

''We have to investigate complaints as soon as we get them.''

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