Clearwell Mobility is working alongside Horsham District Council and Age UK to improve mobility scooter safety around Horsham, West Sussex.
The partnership will launch free scooter safety sessions for local residents where tutors will teach scooter users how to navigate pavements, paths, shop entrances and other public places.
Users will be offered advice and tips and will be able to practice reversing, turning, approaching slopes and narrow openings.
The sessions will be led by volunteers and will comprise of more than two hours of skills and safety advice.
Horsham Town Community Partnership chairman David Searle told the West Sussex County Times: “We urge those who are considering buying a scooter, beginners and experienced scooter drivers to take advantage of these sessions to improve their own safety and that of other pavement users.
“We will have some scooters available for those who do not yet own one. You are never too old to learn.”
The sessions come as the number of accidents and injuries involving mobility scooters rise. The number of mobility scooters on the UK’s streets is growing rapidly but there are no legal guidelines regarding user training or safety.
Horsham Older People’s Forum chairman Martin Bruton added: “Mobility scooters can and do make a positive impact on people’s lives. “I know that some are wary of driving a scooter or have been put off using one and this is a perfect opportunity to put that right under safe conditions. At the same time, it’s also a great opportunity for those more experienced users to pass on their skills and experience.”