ADVERTORIAL: Mobility scooter safety is one of the hot topics in the mobility industry, and for good reason!
Statistics from the Department for Transport show the number of mobility scooter accidents is increasing year-on-year, making safety for both scooter owners and pedestrians a growing concern.
Despite this rising risk, insuring mobility scooters is not currently a legal requirement. As insurance is not mandatory, many people underestimate the implications resulting from an accident.
ohn Traynor, head of business partnerships at Fish Insurance, explains: “If a scooter user has an accident without suitable liability cover, they could face a bill arising from damage to their scooter and any third-party costs. The reality is that if a pedestrian is injured, they may raise a large claim against the driver for compensation and legal fees.”
To minimise the risk of accidents, adequate training and easy access to information for scooter users is vital. Lack of knowledge about using a scooter safely can prevent people from buying a scooter in the first place, meaning they become less mobile.
What is Fish Insurance doing to help the cause?
As one of the leading providers of mobility scooter insurance, Fish Insurance sees it as essential to use platforms like Naidex to encourage responsible scooter ownership and ensuring the safety of the
The Fish Insurance Scooter Safety Assessment Track is designed to give people a thorough understanding of safe scooter ownership. The track has been designed to test out the skills scooter users will need in the ‘real world’, including everything from ramps and sharp turns to roundabouts and a parking bay.
Visitors to the track will be advised and guided by specialist assessors from TPG DisableAids on their abilities and how they can minimise any potential risk.
The assessors will be watching closely to ensure that those taking part understand how to select the appropriate speed, stop at the correct distance, and manoeuvre around obstacles.
You can find the Fish Mobility Scooter Safety Assessment Track at Naidex stand N6162 today and tomorrow.
Visitors to the assessment track can bring their own scooter or will be able to use equipment supplied by Monarch Mobility. Anyone who takes the assessment will be entered into a prize draw and will take away a unique Fish goodie bag.
How can retailers get involved in the scooter safety initiative?
Fish Insurance is encouraging its business partners across the mobility industry to get involved in their scooter safety initiative and take steps to help their customers feel confident and scooter safe.
Alastair Gibbs, managing director at TPG DisableAids, says: “We’re partnering with Fish Insurance at Naidex to drive home the message of responsible mobility scooter ownership.
£With suitable training and appropriate insurance, we hope to raise the standard of responsible scooter ownership and allow users to benefit from the obvious advantages of staying independently mobile.”