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Wheelchairs: Accidents

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 1 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people were (a) killed, (b) seriously injured and (c) slightly injured in accidents involving powered wheelchairs and mobility scooters in each of the last five years for which figures are available. (202123)

[holding answer 28 April 2008]: The Department for Transport does not currently collect national data on the number of accidents involving powered wheelchairs and mobility scooters.

In 2006, the Department published research into the use of Class 2 and Class 3 mobility scooters and powered wheelchairs. The research concluded that mobility scooters do not have a significant impact upon safety. However, as mobility scooter usage is likely to increase in the future, the Department is monitoring policy in this area.