A Southend mobility retailer is working in partnership with a local housing company to run free scooter proficiency tests for people before they purchase a product.
Lifestyle & Mobility and South Essex Homes have designed the scheme so that users give careful consideration before purchasing a mobility scooter and so that they choose a suitable scooter.
In an effort to encourage people to take the tests, members of the senior management team from South Essex Homes took part in a test.
Sarah Lander, tenancy service manager from the housing firm, explained that while scooters provide a lifeline for many they have posed a problem for the company for many years.
She said: “The sale of scooters is unregulated and often residents buy a scooter without any training or guidance and store them in unsafe places, such as stairways, which present a fire risk. Working with Lifestyle & Mobility, we would like to encourage residents to take part in the free proficiency test before purchasing a scooter and think through the options available including storage and charging.”
Meanwhile, Darren Macey, business development manager at Lifestyle & Mobility, commented: “We hope the event showed the team at South Essex Homes how easy the scooters are to use and also what powerful machines they are – so they shouldn’t be purchased without careful consideration. Whatever people’s condition or needs, we can offer a product that can help them – so we would encourage residents to get in touch with us for further advice.”
Residents are being encouraged to contact the dealership for further advice and support about purchasing a scooter or arranging a service for an existing one.