An advocacy group for people with disabilities is calling on the province to take action, after a 91 year old man from Burnaby was killed when he was struck by a motorized scooter earlier this month.
“I have seen them, and they are very large, they are very large.”
Jane Dyson with the Disability Alliance of BC says the large motorized scooters, with an enclosed cabin and four wheels, can be dangerous.
“People could get injured and disabled because of somebody driving the scooter maybe a little too fast. I think it’s time to sit down with the province, and the manufacturers, and the rehab community too, to determine how big do these scooters really need to be and for people who do need a larger scooter, what kind of training are we going to put in place for those folks?”
The family of Julio Chavez, killed by such a scooter in Burnaby, is demanding a clamp down on unlicensed and uninsured scooters driven on sidewalks.
A statement from Transportation Minister Todd Stone says it’s up to municipal governments to introduce bylaws that regulate mobility scooters.
From a provincial level, he says it’s worked with Transport Canada seeking “safe operating standards.”