At least nine fatal road accidents involved mobility scooters last year, official figures have revealed.

Another 46 serious injuries occurred, as well as 153 slight injuries, according to figures collated from 29 out of 44 police forces in England and Wales.British scientists are developing tracking technology for mobility scooters to prevent their elderly and disabled users getting lost.

Researchers at De Montfort University in Leicester (DMU) and the University of Lincoln are hoping to create a device that fits into the vehicles, giving local authority care providers their location using mobile phone technology.

Any internet enabled mobile telephone or pda can view the location details on Google maps or coordinates can be entered into a mapping service via a PC or laptop.Geo-Fencing – exceeding a pre-set permissible travel distance notifies authorized family member or carer’s mobile via sms or email.