A resolution, to be voted on at the Union of British Columbia Municipalities convention this month, is creating angst among the population, according to Regional District of Nanaimo chairman Joe Stanhope.
The resolution, from Sidney, calls for the regulation of motorized mobility aides and increased licensing requirements for operators of motorized scooters and wheelchairs under the Motor Vehicle Act.
Stanhope, a resolutions committee member for the convention, said the resolution has been a concern for people in the RDN and throughout the province.
"That's probably going to be the most contentious resolution," he said.
"The concern is that people who have lost their (driver's) licences, this is their only way to get around."
Stanhope said he understands there may be an amendment.
"Motorized scooters are unclearly defined under provincial legislation and there are no licensing requirements for scooters and scooter operators," the resolution reads. "Without regulations to control when and where scooters are used and appropriate training and testing of scooter operators, the safety of all motorists, businesses and pedestrians are at risk."
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