UK Mobility Scooters - News

Former soldier travelling Britain on a mobility scooter for Charity

Mark Newton,an ex-soldier, accompanied by his 2 cats, Smudge and Missy, is travelling around Britain visiting war graves and war memorials. He is raising money for the Royal British Legion, SSAFA, Help for Heroes and the RNLI.
He says that there are 250,000 graves that he plans to visit.
So far he has raised £62,000 for his charities. For donations, go to www.aroundbritain.org.uk



Don't complain about Mobility Scooters, you could be using one

Lots of people complain how mobility scooters are in the way on pavements. The same people then complain that they shouldn't be allowed on the road. (Laws and Legislations)
You can't ever know what will happen in later life. You may well find that you end up a mobility scooter user in later life, then it will be a different story.
For many people mobility scooters are the only way to get out and about. Without them they would be stuck at home and reliant on others to take them out.
Don't ever believe that "it won't happen to me", because we just can't know what will happen in the future. Although some might slow us down a little bit, don't complain that mobility scooters exist, as it may well be you needing one day needing one.

Many mobility scooter users could be breaking the law

1000s of elderly and disabled people who use large mobility scooters could unknowingly be breaking the law, a funded Government study has found.

The Department for Transport commissioned a report and found that many suppliers, including NHS bodies, didn't tell people that it is a legal requirement toregister larger mobility scooters with the DVLA in a much like registering a car or a motorbike.

Research Institute for Consumer Affairs (Rica) carried out the study. They also warned that official guidance is not clear and also found that even the police and councils are not always sure of what the law was with regards to mobility scooters. It was also felt that there was a "perceived lack of interest in policing".

The study also revealed that around 25% of people with smaller mobility scooters , use them on the roads despite that fact that it is illegal (Laws and Legislations).

One reason for this was that the small mobility scooter users felt it was safer to be on the road rather that in amongst the congested areas of pedestrians.



Ipswich footballer Luke Varney reveals how he used a scooter to help during his injury.

Luke Varney used a mobility scooter to help him recover from a crocked Achilles.

Varney was injured during the play-off semi-final against Norwich.

The forward had a long spell out. During the first few months of his recovery, he had to wear a protective boot. While on holiday in Tenerife he was given a mobility scooter to use during his recovery.

"So I was whizzing around Tenerife on that! I loved it and the kids loved it even more. I had a basket on the front. The wife carried nothing all holiday - she just loaded me up"

"Every time my daughters see a scooter now they shout 'Daddy, there's your scooter!'"

Varney has now made a full recovery and is back playing football again.

MOBILITY SCOOTER 'DRIVING LESSONS' INTRODUCED IN ABERDEEN

City Council in Aberdeen advises Driving Lessons for Mobility Scooter

Aberdeen city council has brought in a new policy where mobility scooter owners will now be advised on how to drive the.

It was agreed that users of mobility scooters should have training about how to use them.

Mobility scooter owners will be given "some form of training/instruction on the usage and control of the scooter, especially if the user is not used to driving."

People who use mobility scooters are to be asked to ensure they put the mobility scooter on the lowest speed setting when they are driving indoors.

Parking of mobility scooters is also covered. Mobility scooter users will be advised not to park close to heaters and also not to park near exit points as they could pose a hazard in the event of an evacuation.

Neil Cooney, "These are general rules and I think they are sensible given how popular these scooters have become".



Disabled community speak out against Redbridge Council's mobility scheme cut

Members from the elderly, disabled and blind community have spoken out against proposed cuts to a mobility scheme.

Redbridge Disability Consortium and Transport for All representatives also backed those who would lose out if it cut the mobility scheme.

The council suggested cutting the scheme that heavily subsidises transport for people with limited mobility.

Mobility scooter user Janet Poole said: "My mobility scooter is my life line and my freedom to get around, but black cabs are not allowed to take mobility scooters anymore".