Bristol-based dealer, Marks Mobility, has come up with a special bumper that fits onto mobility scooters and disables the equipment on impact with a heavy or unmoving object.
The retailer recently secured a patent for the device which it now plans to produce and sell to consumers and fellow dealers.
Mark Davies, owner of Marks Mobility, explained that the special bumper fits onto a scooter’s existing bumper and on impact the scooter stops immediately and is disabled until it is reset.
“This will stop the problem when the driver freezes or panics and is unable to release the throttle,” he said.
“The market desperately needs something like this, too many accidents are happening.”
Just yesterday, AMP reported how a number of industry heavyweights have called on manufacturers to bring in new innovations to improve scooter safety.
A ‘kill-switch’-type device was one of the suggestions floated during the discussion.
Davies said that a lack of progress in technological advancements can be frustrating for dealers.
“Mobility scooters have been around since 1968. With more people using them now more than ever safety precautions should be a priority.”
Davies is an engineer and has made a number of adaptations
and simply changes to products, for example creating a joy stick for a
powerchair out of a golf ball.