A DISTRAUGHT mum is calling for a change in the law after her three-year-old daughter was knocked down by an ‘out-of-control’ mobility scooter.
Chenai-Marie Mann, suffered bruises and grazes when she was run down as she walked along the pavement.
Her mum Chelsea, 23, said she was shocked to discover that scooters are not covered under normal traffic laws and the police were powerless to take any action.
She watched in horror as her daughter was knocked over by a woman, believed to be in her 70s, who appeared to lose control of the scooter.
“We’d just been to buy a chocolate bar and Chenai-Marie was putting the wrapper in the bin. I told her to be careful and the next thing I realised was that she’d been knocked down,” said Miss Mann of Castle Mews, Scawthorpe.
She added: “I had a panic attack as I couldn’t believe what had happened and I was just so upset that my daughter could be seriously hurt.”
Though she only suffered minor injuries, Chenai-Marie was traumatised by the incident - which happened in Finkle Street, Thorne, on a shopping trip - telling her mum she didn’t want to go outside for fear of being knocked down again.
Miss Mann is calling for those who drive scooters to be made more liable for their actions, since the incident in the afternoon of May 30.
She added: “I couldn’t believe it when the police said there was nothing they could do. I really think more needs to be done.”
A South Yorkshire Police spokesman confirmed that the incident had been reported to officers but stated that it was a civil matter and the force could not act on the complaint.
Scooters are not liable under normal traffic laws as they are considered motor-propelled vehicles and not motor vehicles.
Back in 2009, then two-year-old Madison McNair was injured in a similar incident, when she was knocked over by a scooter in Baxter Gate.
Officers are running a mobility safety course called Scooter Safe at the Lifewise Centre near Maltby and are encouraging those who use scooters to attend.
Free places on the scheme can be booked by calling 01709 832455.