Dealer partners with council to improve mobility scooter safety

SafeWise’s indoor village offers a realistic but safe environment for educating users

A new scheme designed to improve safety for mobility scooter users is being led by Bournemouth Council and supported by a mobility dealership, which is providing the scooters.

Sole Motion, which offers new and used scooters as well as repairs, is providing the equipment to ScootWise which takes place at indoor village facilities in the town.

The course, delivered in partnership with the Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group, gives practical help and advice to current users as well as new buyers.

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The course launched after there was concern in the area that people were buying scooters without any prior training, which was a hazard for users and the public, some felt.

Stuart Dean of SoleMotion, told the Daily Echo: “It’s sad when a person buys a mobility scooter but never uses it because they had a bad experience their first time out of the house. This course is all about providing them with the confidence to go out and use them.”

Figures from 2014 show that there were nine fatal accidents involved mobility scooters with a further 46 serious injuries and 153 slight injuries.

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