Council rejects calls for class three scooter spaces at £5m Blackburn bus station

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A council in Blackburn has decided not to act on calls from local campaign groups to install parking spaces for larger class three mobility scooters at a new bus station which cost £5m to build.

The council was criticised after it allegedly ignored residents’ requests for better provision for large mobility scooters.

Blackburn’s Darwen Older Person’s Forum previously highlighted the lack of parking spaces for larger scooter models.

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Campaigners have failed to convince the council to provide the spaces or change their policy on the matter. A councillor said that to install such provision could result in safety, evacuation and insurance issues.

A local campaigner told the Lancashire Telegraph: “Class three size mobility scooters are too large for the buses, unlike the class two mobility scooters, so we therefore need somewhere to park at the bus station before we get on the buses.

“These vehicles are not dangerous unless in motion. I do not understand why the council is determined to discriminate against disabled and mobility impaired people who want to use the new £5m Blackburn bus station when they can leave the class three scooters at the smaller Accrington bus station.”

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