The Australian Lawyers Alliance has raised concerns that users of mobility scooters may not be adequately covered by their insurance policies.
Andrew Stone, NSW President of the ALA, has urged the Commonwealth to take a leadership role and create a set of national standards that could ensure protection for both mobility scooter users and victims of potential accidents.
“There are insurance gaps between public liability and motor vehicle insurance and potential gaps between Compulsory Third Party (CTP) insurance and public liability insurance,” Mr Stone said.
“At present some motorised scooters are covered in relation to some accidents. However, that coverage is an inconsistent patchwork. There is also insufficient public information available about insurance arrangements for mobility scooters.”
In NSW, a mobility scooter is classified as a motorised wheelchair, the users of which are legally pedestrians. This classification lends itself to some legal grey areas as the size and power of the scooters can still present significant safety risks.
“ALA lawyers have come across mobility scooter injuries, covering everything from pinning a fellow supermarket patron against a checkout counter causing significant leg injuries, through to knocking out the ladder from under a worker who was fixing an electrical device on a public street”, Mr Stone said.
Mr Stone recommended that mobility scooter owners should check their insurance policies and seek advice from specialist insurance companies who provide mobility scooter insurance if necessary. (seniornews.com.au)
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