A man who was filmed using his mobility scooter on a dual carriageway with a speed limit of 70mph has said that he has done nothing illegal.
Ian Broughall, a former soldier and Monster Raving Looney party member who suffers from multiple sclerosis, was spotted by police on the A14 near Cambridge, as he headed into the historic city to take some photographs. The incident has highlighted a grey area in mobility scooter regulation and legislation, as Mr Broughall explained;
œI do have my wing mirror and I know it is not illegal for me to drive along the A14 in my scooter. It is only illegal on motorways - I have checked, he told a reporter from the Daily Mail.
œIve done it once before, and I was doing just fine until I saw all these flashing lights behind me - and thats when the trouble started. I think the police caused more of a hold-up because they surrounded me with two vehicles to escort me off.
A Cambridgeshire Police spokesman confirmed that, while there is no legal prohibition of mobility scooters on dual carriage ways, their use on roads with a speed limit of above 50mph is strongly discouraged.
The spokesman explained that class 3 scooters are usable on dual carriageways, but that the force œadvise that an amber flashing light be mounted on the machine.
By Help Mobility Team