Not fine! Senator wants penalties for bad scooter drivers
NATIONALS senator John Williams wants on-the-spot fines for dodgy drivers of mobility scooters after his partner was seriously injured in a collision.
The NSW MP's partner had her hip replaced after a scooter ran into her as she stepped out the door of her Bingara office early this month.
Senator Williams said he did not want scooters outlawed but he felt there needed to be tougher regulations for the sake of safety.
In NSW, motorised wheelchairs or mobility aids like scooters - commonly known as gophers - do not have to be registered, they do not need third party insurance and they do not require operators to have a driver's licence if the vehicles go slower than 10kmh.
Senator Williams said councils should consider on-the-spot fines and line-marking to make life better for pedestrians and gopher drivers.
"Perhaps a couple of thin lines down towards the kerb away from the doors where they can travel along on that," Senator Williams said.
"And if they don't travel in that area perhaps an on-the-spot fine of $20, which would be a huge amount of money to a pensioner.
"I think we need to see some regulation to keep them away from the point of entry into the shops and the offices where people are walking in and walking out." - ARM NEWSDESK