Larger mobility scooters have been banned from buses in Warrington amid concerns about their “size, weight and stability”.
Although an initial blanket ban for all mobility scooters was overturned, scooters measuring more than 1,000mm by 600mm with a turning radius exceeding 1,200mm will not be able to board Network Warrington buses.
Managing director of Warrington Network, Damian Graham, told the Warrington Guardian: “One of the issues was the size, weight and stability of the mobility scooters and whether the user has had adequate training.”
The council has since decided to provide training for mobility scooter users to make their use safer on public transport.
The news comes as consumers increasingly demand smaller mobility scooters that are agile enough for urban use and public transport, but also have the range, power and features larger class 3 models have.
Mobility dealers are pressing for suppliers to provide ever more versatile, transportable and agile scooters, whilst at the same time not compromising on performance and features.