Friday, January 18, 2019

Get on the Pavement!

I had my first "Get on the Pavement" bellowed at me yesterday when riding to the local shops to carry back shopping and to give the scooter an airing after being unused since the cold weather has set in.

Seemingly this shout out is not uncommon to receive as a mobility scooter user when using the road.  I had been warned, by two separate scooter users in my actual block that this happens a lot and to be prepared for it.

Funnily enough it wasn't from a driver I received it, but from a man walking with his wife on the pavement beside me.  It's amazing how many people in this country are ignorant of the basic rules of our roads.

Although it's not a legal requirement, my two neighbours warned me that I am less likely to get shouted at when out and about if I put my registration number on the back of my scooter, which is a way of informing the ignorant that the scooter is a road legal vehicle just as bicycles are.

My friend Margaret came back from an outing on her scooter one day very shaken.  It seems that she was very badly verbally abused by a driver in the car park of our local supermarket and agressively told that it was illegal to ride her scooter through the car park and should stay on the pavement.   She has now spent out the cash to have her number plate put on the back of her scooter.

I have been waiting for the DVLA to send my registration number after a mix up with the paperwork at their office over a non existant VIN number.  I have now recently received it along with a letter telling me that it's not a legal requirement to show it on the scooter but where and how to get a number plate made up if I wish to do so.  I may or may not bother to get one made up.  There is certainly no hurry for it anyway, and I'm not sure I am prepared to fork out the money it will cost to have one made up simply to satisfy the rude and ignorant.

Am I being bloody minded?  Probably.  But it will be interesting to find out just how common it is to get abused when going legally about one's business.

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