Nottinghamshire residents are being encouraged to sign up to a new round of forthcoming mobility scooter training sessions supported by the County Council to reduce the risk of accidents involving the vehicles.
The Council is providing a £3,000 grant for the Disabilities Living Centre to run morning and afternoon training sessions.
The sessions are in response to concerns from Nottinghamshire residents about the safety risks of mobility scooters and the limited training opportunities available to local residents using the vehicles.
There were 18 reported accidents involving a mobility scooter in Nottinghamshire from 2012 to 2014, including one accident involving a rider who was seriously injured.
Sessions will involve practical training including reversing, starting and stopping, slalom, parking and ramp exercises.
There will be guidance on how to use a mobility scooter safely, maintenance and storage, and information on reputable dealers and repairers.
Councillor Glynn Gilfoyle, Chair of the County Council’s Community Safety Committee, said: “The first round of training sessions went well over the summer and we want to broaden this offer to more people across the county with this next round of training sessions.
“These courses are aimed at people who are thinking about buying a mobility scooter or are nervous about using one, and participants are shown how to carry out a range of manoeuvres in a safe manner.”
Nottinghamshire Fire Service will also hold a talk on home safety, which will include details of safety checks carried out by firefighters to advise residents on how to reduce the chances of a fire or accident around their home.
Participants can either bring their own scooter or use one provided for the duration of the course.
The Disabilities Living Centre is keen to hear from mobility scooter dealers who are willing to lend scooters for the training session which will take place on Wednesday, December 2 at Mansfield Fire Station. Other sessions will be held at Hasscocks lane Fire Station, Beeston on Wednesday, November 18 and Wednesday, December 9 at Retford Fire Station.
Residents wanting to book a place at one of the sessions or a supplier offering to lend a scooter can contact the Disabilities Living Centre on 0115 985 5780 or email firstname.lastname@example.org