Liberal democrat MP Bob Russell announced recently that the government should regulate the use of electric vehicles because they are bought second-hand, privately or through 'unscrupulous' dealers and incorrect vehicles pose a serious threat to themselves and pedestrians on Britain's roads.
Sarah Lepak director of the British Health Care Trades Association says "We always advise consumers to buy their scooter from a reputable BHTA dealer who is signed up to the BHTA code of practice" (This states consumers can expect a high standard of behaviour and service from them and their behaviour is policed).
Anyone considering buying an electric scooter is advised to read the BHTA Highway Code. Some scooters can only be driven safely on the footpath. Others are designed that they can be driven safely on the road, but that doesn't mean it's always safe to do so. The highway code gives important road safety pointers. Other aspects covered by the leaflet include insurance, comfort and safety.
Copies are available by sending a self addressed envelope (A5 size) to BHTA, 1 Webbs court, Buckhurst Avenue, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN13 1LZ.
Information on reputable dealers and code of practice that are signed up is available from the BHTA Website. Alternatively, call us on 0800 107 5349 and we will send you a free copy.