Staying safe on a mobility scooter
Should mobility scooters users have compulsory driving lessons before being allowed on the roads and pavements ? A new scheme recently introduced in Cornwall provides training to customers.
Even driven slowly these are heavy machines and capable of causing serious damage to pedestrians and their users.
I am the biggest advocate for keeping the elderly independent but I am also mindful that inexperienced users often have accidents. Insurance is still not compulsory for the 4 mph scooters although there is a group currently lobbying for it to become so.
I am also a passionate campaigner regarding “Be Safe, Be Seen” make the scooter and user as visible as possible. With more and more of them on the roads and pavements there are more accidents to waiting to happen. When the mobility scooter manufacturers are making millions is it too much to ask for them to through in a high visibility vest for free ?
I have personally secured funding from my local Rotary Club and provided 80 local scooter users with high vis vests. “Operation Visible” is my suggestion to mobility scooter manufacturers that this is their responsibility not mine.
What do you think ? I would love you to let me know via my contact page.