Toddler run over by pensioner on scooter in Newquay
A GRANDMOTHER has written to the Prime Minister, urging him to introduce driving tests for mobility scooters – after her grandson was run over by one.
Government guidelines do not legally define powered wheelchairs as motor vehicles and users are not required to hold driving licences or take tests.
But Eileen Smith, from Redruth, asked David Cameron to overhaul the system after a woman accidently ran over her grandson's legs on the old Tram Tracks on Cliff Road, Newquay.
The 55-year-old said she feared two-year-old Hervey's legs had been "crushed".
"He was walking along enjoying himself when a mobility scooter came out in front of him and just carried on straight over his legs," she said.
"She went straight into a bench. She couldn't stop.
"He was screaming and crying.
"If it had been his neck or his stomach it could have been much worse."
Hervey's mum, Vicky Gunn, 30, also from Redruth, added: "I think it is great that people with disabilities can get around, we just think people should know how to stop their scooters. Even if is just an hour test."
"It was the worst thing I have seen. I had just got him out of his pram because I thought it would be safe for him to walk around.
"He must have walked three steps before the lady knocked him onto his side, just missing his hip bone.
Doctors confirmed the toddler was uninjured.
The Department for Transport states all scooters can be used on footpaths, pavements, bridleways, and in pedestrian areas at a maximum speed of 4mph.
Transport Minister Norman Baker shared his "deepest sympathy" with the family and reassured that "we are working hard to improve the safety of mobility scooters".
"People who use mobility scooters see them as a lifeline and so we need to be very careful not to take steps that would break this lifeline.
"At the same time, we recognise the very real safety issues that exist.
"This issue was discussed at the department's recent disability summit where I was clear that training provision, as well as improving the governance of those selling scooters, should be a priority for retailers.
"The whole topic remains live and under review."