Mobility scooter pinching our parking spaces say fed-up residents

Mobility scooter parked on Osborne Road, South Shore
Mobility scooter parked on Osborne Road, South Shore
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Neighbours are up in arms about a rogue vehicle taking up valuable parking space outside their homes...a four-wheeled scooter.

The mobility vehicle has been spotted parked on the road outside homes on Osborne Road, close to South Shore’s holiday heartland.

Now fed-up neighbours have called in the council to tell the owner to shift his scooter – or get it slapped with a ticket.

One resident said: “Whenever they have visitors he puts it out on the street, which he shouldn’t really do.

“You can see him wheeling it out there to save the space before going off in his electric wheelchair.

“We have enough traffic problems as it is.”

Coun Derek Robertson said: “It cannot be right because it is not road taxed and does not have a number plate.”

Fed up homeowners have now complained to their local councillor in the hope the scooter can be shifted off the highway and free up a valuable space, which is a stone’s throw from the Prom.

Neighbours told The Gazette the scooter can be parked on the road for up to six hours each day and is often parked outside houses other than the property where its owner resides.

One neighbour, who did not wish to be named, said: “It’s been happening on and off since January.

“Whenever they have visitors he puts it out on the street, which he shouldn’t really do.

“Most mornings it’s out there.

“I get up at around 7am and you can see him wheeling it out there to save the space before going off in his electric wheelchair.

“Last week they were getting more and more people outside the house and he kept coming out and moving it until it was right outside someone else’s house.

“People use this street when they don’t want to pay for parking on Lytham Road so we have enough traffic problems as it is.”

Government rules state that all normal parking restrictions apply to mobility scooters and powered wheelchairs.

Scooters come in two categories, ‘Class 2 invalid carriages’ and ‘Class 3 invalid carriages’.

Class 2 scooters can’t be used on the road (except where there isn’t a pavement), but Class 3 scooters can.

Coun Derek Robertson, whose ward includes Osborne Road, said he had received complaints from a number of residents about the vehicle.

He said: “The residents have complained to me so I have asked the parking services if they would look into it.

“You expect to find a car park space outside your house and this is taking up a parking space.

“It cannot be right because it is not road taxed and does not have a number plate.

“It’s an obstruction.”

Another resident on the street, who also wished to remain anonymous, said: “I didn’t think it would be allowed.

“I thought it was something a traffic warden could slap a ticket on.

“They have been asked to stop parking it there but it’s just ignored.”

The owner of the scooter declined to comment when approached by The Gazette.

A Blackpool Council spokesman said: “Government legislation states that a Class 2 mobility scooter legally should not be on the road. A Class 3 can be on the road. Normal parking rules apply.”