24 Nov 2008

Helmet review to include skateboarders

7:11 pm on 24 November 2008

The Ministry of Transport says it will investigate whether skateboarders should wear helmets as part of a review into mobility vehicle safety.

The move follows the death of Whangarei teenager Codie Higgison, who fell from from his skateboard on Saturday.

The ministry's environment and safety manager, David Crawford, says a project is already under way to address the safe use of low-powered vehicles, including motorised skateboards and scooters.

Mr Crawford says regular skateboards will now be looked at as part of the review.

He says there have been two deaths and 25 serious accidents on skateboards since 2002.

The Automobile Association says it is pleased that the review will be extended.

Motoring affairs general manager Mike Noon says scooters and skateboards are not suited to being in traffic and the law governing their use is confusing.

Mr Noon says skateboarders and scooter riders pose a risk to themselves and other motorists if they drive dangerously in traffic.