Safe Scoot returns to West Norfolk

mobility scooters. Photo: Phasmatisnox at en.wikipedia

Mobility scooter users in West Norfolk will get the chance to tackle slaloms, slopes, crossings and cones later this year as part of a course designed to improve safety.

Currently mobility scooter users require no training or insurance for the vehicles, some of which can travel up to eight miles per hour.

Norfolk PACT (Partners Against Crime Taskforce) are working in partnership with Norfolk Constabulary to run mobility scooter safety awareness events. The first is on Monday 3 September between 9am-11.30am at The Corn Exchange, King’s Lynn and the second is on Tuesday 9 October between 10am-3pm at the North Lynn Community Centre, St Lawrence Road, King’s Lynn.

After completing the course people will have the opportunity to provide feedback, ask questions and take part in a road safety quiz.

Participants can also watch the Constabulary’s 15 minute film ‘Safe Scoot’, produced in partnership with leading mobility retailer, Halfords and narrated by Sheila Reid, star of hit ITV series “Benidorm”.

The aim is to improve safety awareness among mobility scooter users by increasing their confidence when carrying out manoeuvres such as parking, reversing and negotiating kerbs.

This is event is not only open to new users of mobility scooters, anyone already using a scooter or relatives who’d like to find out more is also encouraged to come along.

Norfolk PACT’s Chief Executive, Sally Rozier said: “Mobility scooters give many vulnerable people the freedom to live independent lives and allow them access to their local community. It is important that users of mobility scooters are encouraged to get out and about, but they need to do this in a safe way that ensures they do not involve themselves or others in situations which could cause injury.

“A course such as this can ensure members of the public are using them correctly and I would urge anyone who uses a mobility scooter to take the opportunity to watch the DVD or speak to an expert to get as much advice as possible.”

Anyone interested in attending the events is asked to book in advance by calling Norfolk PACT on 01953 424727.

 

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