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Richard Yeomans has highlighted the issues surrounding mobility scooter use following his wife’s trauma when she was knocked down by a mobility scooter.

77-year-old Annette Yeomans was walking on a path in Gosport, Hampshire when she was hit by a man on a mobility scooter, leaving her with multiple leg fractures and needing surgery.

From this, Richard said he will be raising issues regarding mobility scooter operation with his MP and the Minister of State for Care, Caroline Dinenage.

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He told the Portsmouth News: “After talking to the police I’ve discovered you don’t need a qualification to drive mobility scooters and there is no requirement for insurance.

“Annette is fortunate that in this case the driver was insured. The accident emphasises the need for change in the regulation of these potentially lethal vehicles.”

The pensioner was rushed to hospital and had surgery to insert a steel rod into her leg.

Richard added: “She is recovering slowly and is using a Zimmer frame to shuffle around the house, but cannot walk unaided and has to use a wheelchair if she goes outside.

“Her leg is still painful and swollen and she is scheduled to see a physiotherapist with a view to starting a programme of rehabilitation.

“The prognosis is that it will take a minimum of six months until she is back to normal.”

Scooter safety and regulation have frequently made headlines recently, with people highlighting the need for compulsory scooter tests and a change in scooter law.

In October 2018, three women called for the introduction of mandatory mobility scooter tests, after their mother died from falling off a mobility scooter.

This sentiment is also echoed by People First Mobility, when the mobility retailer held a scooter training day to help users improve their driving abilities amidst reports of rising scooter accidents and fatalities.

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