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Members of blind and visually impaired community say they want e-scooters off our footpaths

Members of the blind and visually impaired community say they want e-scooters off our footpaths.

A recent survey by the Blind Foundation found many of its members are concerned and say pedestrians need to be prioritised.

The Blind Foundation is part of a coalition of disability groups hoping to get e-scooters off pedestrian footpaths for good.

For their members, the silent scooters are a constant concern, many feeling vulnerable when walking the streets.

"Many of them told us about being hit by the scooters, being pushed out of the way by the scooters tripping over falling over them," says Chris Orr, Access and Awareness Manager, Blind Foundation.

Since e-scooters launched across the country in October last year there's been more than 1500 related claims to ACC.

Disability Issues Minister, Carmel Sepuloni says not all riders are obeying the rules and some need to watch their speed.


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