At UK-Wheelchairs we do not sell mobility scooters percée. Electric wheelchairs and powerchairs but not mobility scooters. As a country we now have over 330,00 of these on our roads and pavements which is more than any other European country and this number is rising rapidly as they seem to becoming an all to easy mode of transport for many.
For many users they are a genuine lifeline for freedom the same as with users of electric wheelchairs, people who have a genuine need for mobility assistance to help them get on with their daily lives. To some others scooters seem to have been adopted so they no longer need to exercise.
As there is little regulation over the use of scooters this situation is likely to get worse. Britain's roads can be turned in to chaos by irresponsible users who are causing an increasing number of accidents. As
long as there is virtually no regulation there will be problems. Bizarrely i read that even being registered blind doesn't prevent you from operating one.
Perhaps a proficiency test of some type would benefit people and perhaps as numbers are rising their sale should be restricted to those with specific mobility needs. There are a number of good mobility scooter
articles to be seen here on the BBC web site.