FREE mobility scooter safety sessions start this month at Rotherham, in a bid to halt potentially fatal accidents.
Recorded figures show that in the last five years across South Yorkshire, there were 28 incidents involving mobility scooters of which 17 involved a fatality or injury.
Many more incidents go unreported, so Scooter Safe aims to teach mobility scooter users about legal requirements and how to develop the skills required to drive their machine safely.
Launched by South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership and Parkgate Mobility, the initiative is a mix of theory-based and hands-on sessions with attendees using a variety of mobility scooters, or even their own machines, to navigate their way around a series of obstacle courses and day-to-day situations.
PC Mick Hedges said: “The two hour session is designed to be fun and interactive, and is open to scooter users of all ages.
“We aim to explain the lawful requirements and responsibilities of owning a scooter, provide manoeuvrability skills and raise road safety awareness.
“This is to help South Yorkshire residents with mobility issues to maintain their independence whilst enhancing their own safety and confidence on our roads and other public areas.”
Tracy Simmons of Parkgate Mobility said: “Working with South Yorkshire Police and other members of the Safer Roads Partnership to develop these sessions has provided a great opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of mobility scooter safety.”
To book your place on this or future courses please contact South Yorkshire Police on 01709 832 455 or email: