Concerns about mobility scooters

Abbotsford Police are waiting for a resolution from B.C. police chiefs over the issue.

Abbotsford Police say the use of mobility scooters in the city has become an increasing concern, but they are awaiting a resolution from B.C. police chiefs before taking any action.

In a report at a recent police board meeting, Deputy Chief Rick Lucy said there have been 14 reported crashes involving mobility scooters in the last three years in Abbotsford.

Two of those resulted in fatalities.

Lucy said the majority of the crashes occurred when a vehicle was making a turn or was backing up out of a parking spot or driveway.

He said it is difficult to gauge exactly how many scooters are present in the community, but 156 were sold in Abbotsford alone in the last two years.

The concern is that mobility scooters are not regulated under the Motor Vehicle Act and therefore do not have to follow the rules of the road, Lucy said.

Rather, the riders are considered “pedestrians” and are free to travel on sidewalks and use crosswalks in the same manner as someone on foot.

Lucy said the use of mobility scooters brings increased safety concerns, particularly as manufacturers make faster and more powerful versions.

“That’s presenting an issue for those who are looking to regulate (scooter use),” he said.

The B.C. Association of Chiefs of Police is developing a resolution on the issue that will most likely be presented as a provincial recommendation.

The police board has decided to await that resolution, and members will then decide whether to endorse it.

Just Posted

Mouat’s Benning signs with UFV wrestling

Benning one of 10 new recruits inked for the fall

Donation of more than $20,000 supports Shine On Legacy Fund

Fund created in memory of Abbotsford Police Const. John Davidson

Moms of those killed by illicit opioids take to B.C. Legislature in call for action

Moms Stop the Harm, a nationwide network of families who have lost loved ones to overdoses rally

PHOTOS: Black bear gets curious on Lower Mainland driveway

Joe Wu captured photos of the animal wandering in Surrey

83-year-old inmate dies at Mission Institution

Correctional Services Canada says Ralph Whitfield Morris died in custody

VIDEO: Canadian toddler caught practising hockey skills in crib

Eli Graveline is getting praise from far and wide as the internet freaks out of cute throwback video

VIDEO: Plane crashes in Langley farm field (updated)

Plane lost power shortly after takeoff, RCMP told

B.C. teacher ends Jeopardy! winning streak, taking home US$69,000

Ali Hasan, from New Westminster, has been gaining fans as a “one-man invasion,” says Alex Trebek

1 man in critical condition after ‘serious’ stabbing in Downtown Eastside: police

Vancouver police say there was an altercation and stabbing appears targeted

Jett Woo highlights 5 Canucks choices on Day 2 of NHL entry draft

WHL star out of Moose Jaw tabbed in Round 2

In a matter of hours, women in Saudi Arabia will be allowed to drive

Change was announced as a royal decree in 2017 by Crown Prince Mohammen bin Salman

Seal pup rescued near White Rock pier

Animal was moving and “barking” when rescue crews arrived

Feds announce measures to protect endangered whale species

Canada’s Whale Initiative is part of the federal government’s $1.5 billion Ocean Protection Plan

COC session vote approves Calgary as potential host for 2026 Olympics

Scott Hutcheson, chair of Calgary’s Olympic bid corporation — called vote a positive step forward

Most Read