Ballina Shire Council will write to NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell, inviting government representatives to come see for themselves the town's problems with mobility scooters. File photo.
Ballina Shire Council will write to NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell, inviting government representatives to come see for themselves the town's problems with mobility scooters. File photo. Contributed

Council to Premier: Come see our scooter hoons for yourself

REPRESENTATIVES from the NSW Government will be invited to Ballina to experience "first hand" the problems the town has with mobility scooters.

At yesterday's council meeting, Cr Robyn Hordern put forward a motion calling for an "urgent response" from the government on the issue of stricter regulations for the gophers.

Ballina is referred to as the "scooter capital" of Australia because of the growing number of people in the area using them.

But there are no regulations for their use and recently two women were seriously injured after being hit by one in Cherry St.

Concerns have been raised about the speed, lack of insurance, lack of training for operators and the safety design features of the scooters.

"I think this issue is something that is very important to us," Cr Hordern said. "It is also important to keep the pressure on the government (about legislation).

"This is something we have been talking about for some time."

But Cr Hordern said she understood the need for scooters to help people maintain their independence.

It's just about making the paths safer for everyone.

 

The council yesterday voted to write to the NSW Premier asking for a response to council's concerns about scooter safety.

A letter will also be sent to Ballina MP Don Page and a further letter will be sent inviting "representatives from the State Government" to see first hand the issues that are being experienced in the Ballina Shire.

The motion was carried unanimously by councillors.

Should mobility scooter users require a license?

This poll ended on 26 November 2012.

Current Results

Yes

82%

No

17%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.



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