Jess Mote of Ballina was injured by a scooter in Ballina. She is pictured outside the Lismore Base Hospital.
Jess Mote of Ballina was injured by a scooter in Ballina. She is pictured outside the Lismore Base Hospital. Patrick Gorbunovs

Minister calls for inquiry into motorised scooters

CALLS for an inquiry into motorised scooters have come from NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay following an incident at Ballina last month that left two women with serious injuries.

Neighbours Lesley Nicholson, 66, and Jessie Mote, 80, were struck from behind by a mobility scooter operated by a 92-year-old woman on October 13 on their way to Ballina Uniting Church on Cherry St.

Mrs Nicholson broke her left leg and both ankles along with several smaller bones in her left foot as a result of the incident.

Mrs Mote sustained a fractured collarbone after she was smashed against a brick wall and then landed on the cement footpath.

Yesterday Mr Gay called for the NSW Staysafe committee to launch an inquiry into motorised scooters following lobbying by Member for Ballina Don Page.

Mr Page said the accident will have long lasting ramifications for the two families involved

"Since then a lot of people have contacted my office to report similar accidents or near misses," he said.

"It is clear there are issues surrounding the use of motorised scooters and I am very pleased Minister Gay supports my concerns and has asked the Staysafe committee to hold an Inquiry into their use."

"With an aging population there has been a steady increase in the use of these scooters, but there have also been a number of serious casualties as well as unreported incidents that have occurred on private property.

"The Roads Minister has asked the Staysafe committee to look at things such as the skills and competency of scooter drivers, insurance issues, and the vehicle standards of mobility scooters including design, mass and speed controls."



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