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Disabled people on green lanes

November 2016

Off-roaders often claim that driving, or being driven in, a 4×4 on a green lane is the only way for disabled people to get out into the countryside, when arguing against restrictions on recreational motor vehicle use of green lanes. This claim ignores the fact that powered mobility scooters are exempt from traffic regulation orders and from the legislation which makes it an offence to drive a motor vehicle on footpaths, bridleways and restricted byways (the exemption is at http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1970/44/section/20). It also ignores the impacts which off-roading has on disabled users of green lanes who are not using 4x4s or motorbikes. These impacts are described in more detail in an article by Open Country.