Motorists 'abusing' mobility scooter user for being on road

A DISABLED pensioner is urging motorists to be more considerate to the users of mobility scooters after facing a barrage of abuse from drivers. Freda Charter, who lives in St Ives, said some of the abuse and yelling from motorists has been upsetting and a

A DISABLED pensioner is urging motorists to be more considerate to the users of mobility scooters after facing a barrage of abuse from drivers.

Freda Charter, who lives in St Ives, said some of the abuse and yelling from motorists has been upsetting and added that she has the legal right to be on the road.

The 73-year-old told The Hunts Post she wants to shame drivers into being more considerate of people on mobility scooters.

Mrs Charter, who has had arthritis since she was in her late 50s, uses her scooter, which is insured, along Ramsey Road almost every day to go the shops and visit friends.


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However, she said that on a weekly basis she is the victim of inconsiderate drivers - both male and female - who yell abuse at her and tell demand she gets off the road.

"People open their windows and shout at me, calling me 'a bloody nuisance'. They're may be trying to be funny but instead they are being rude and causing me a great deal of upset."

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She added: "Some of these people shouldn't be allowed to drive. One day they may well need one of these scooters and then they will see how I feel."

The former Fenstanton milk woman says she has been riding her scooter on the road for about 13 years but the problems only started about a month ago.

The scooter is restricted to 8mph, which can cause traffic to slow down. But she added that she does not want to ride it on the pavement as it would cause an obstruction to pedestrians.

INFORMATION: Should scooters be allowed on the road or should the drivers stick to the pavement? Send your views to: The Hunts Post, 30 High Street, Huntingdon, Cambs, PE29 3TB or e-mail: editor@huntspost.co.uk

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