The family of a 91-year-old Burnaby man struck and killed by an enclosed cabin scooter on September 11th is urging the provincial government to license and insure these vehicles.
“You can kill somebody with these things.”
Alexis Osorio says his grandfather, Julio Chavez, would want them to spare any other family this type of tragedy.
He says these scooters are getting bigger, heavier, and faster – and they are dangerous.
“As far as I’m concerned, if you’re in need of a mobility scooter, you’re handicapped, I understand that, but you shouldn’t be able to go faster than walking speed in a pedestrian walkway.”
Osorio says he will be writing the Premier and municipal councils in Metro Vancouver, to get them to put pressure on the government to bring in regulations.
“This is a Canada-wide problem. I think my grandfather would have appreciated that we spare any other family this type of bad news.”
Osorio says since there is no licensing system, police can’t track down who hit is grandfather.