Uneasy riders.

Accordinging to the Daily Telegraph an English  police force is to run a road safety course for mobility scooter owners to try and cut down the accident rate involving the machines.

The two hour courses will be held at a life-size film set of a small town which is used to deliver safety messages to the public.

South Yorkshire police will run the free courses which will involve navigating a mobility scooter around everyday obstacles and a theory lesson for users.

In the last five years there have been 28 reported incidents in the county involving mobility scooters with 17 incidents resulting in death or injury in the county.

The course will be run at the Lifewise Centre in Hellaby that has a life-size set of a small town.

Said PC Mick Hedges ” The course would allow people with mobility issues to maintain their independence and increase their confidence riding the machines in public.Owners will also be told the legal requirements for using a mobility scooter.”

Earlier this week an inquest in Cleethorpes heard how 80 year Joan Parker died after being hit by a car while out on her mobility scooter in Immingham last year.

Alison Seabeck, the Labour MP for Plymouth Devonport has called for compulsory training to be given to people who use a mobility scooter along with stricter safety checks and official records to be kept of accidents.

Last year a 79-year-old man from Bodmin in Cornwall was killed when his mobility scooter overturned and pinned him against a wall.

Mrs Seabeck has raised the issue in the House of Commons. She said”With an increasing ageing population, some action has to be taken to ensure that standards are maintained in terms of the safety of these vehicles and that some basic training is undertaken by all users.

“It’s important that when they’re sold to people who’ve never driven and they intend to use them on the road, that training is compulsory.”

 

 

 
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