Drive: Scooting around

If seeing the likes of British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver zooming through the food markets of Italy on a scooter has you going “Ahhh!”, then maybe it’s time to consider getting your own two-wheel cutie.

We might have some of the most dangerous roads in the world (and that is not an exaggeration), but driving a scooter doesn’t have to be scary. In fact, swapping a car for a two-wheeler has a lot of benefits for city commuters.

Admit it, you become a green-eyed monster when you see one effortlessly weaving through rush-hour traffic while you are stuck behind a truck. Scooters are undoubtedly the solution to beating traffic and saving on maintenance and petrol costs.

Vespa SA says motorists need to realise that a scooter is as easy to manoeuvre as a bicycle.

“If you can balance on a bike, you can ride a scooter,” says Vespa SA managing director Andy Reid.

“We want to ensure that each rider has the right skills for a safe journey and that they are proficient enough to use the full potential of their scooter.”

Big Boy Scooters’ Jane Stobbart says scooters are more convenient than most people realise.

“The running costs are much cheaper and they have great fuel consumption. You can get where you need to be a lot faster and you never have to circle the parking lot for ages trying to find an open bay,” she says.

Stobbart says one of the reasons motorists won’t consider scooters is because of road conditions. “Our roads are very dangerous, people are not aware of what is around them and don’t ‘think bike’.”

In an ideal world, Stobbart says, a driver’s licence would include that of a car and a scooter.

With the extra money motorists will soon be adding to their monthly budgets for emission taxes and toll road fees, scooters seem to be the logical option and the new hero of the day.

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