Pensioner on mobility scooter drives down busy road at 8mph

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A pensioner was stopped and rescued by police after driving down a busy road on his mobility scooter.

The OAP was spotted travelling along the 70mph road in his vehicle, which has a top speed of only 8mph.


After receiving a call this morning, the Derbyshire Roads Policing Unit was scrambled to the scene, where they found the man near the entry slip road that leads onto the A38 from the roundabout next to the Royal Derby Hospital and Aldi in Mickleover, Derby.

The slip road was closed off by Derby City Police, and the pensioner, reported by police as being called “Dennis”, was allowed to turn around and travel back up the slip road in the opposite direction from the flow of traffic, reports Derbyshire Live.

The police found out that the man had been a driver for 63 years and had travelled the world with the Merchant Navy.

But he seemed unaware of the fact that he was putting himself in danger by travelling down a 70mph road in an 8mph vehicle.

It is unclear where the man was intending to travel to.

The government website does state that class 3 mobility scooters, which travel up to 8mph, can be driven on roads as long as they meet certain criteria and do not exceed certain limits.

These include a maximum unladen weight, a maximum width, a speed limiter, an efficient breaking system, front and rear lights and reflectors, indicators, an audible horn, and a rear view mirror.

The website states that class 3 scooters must have “an amber flashing light if it’s used on a dual carriageway”, implying that while their usage on dual carriageways such as the A38 is legal, Dennis’ scooter must not have been fitted with an amber flashing light.

Class 2 scooters, which can only travel at speeds up to 4mph, can only be driven on pavement.

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