A Shopmobility trustee from Littlehampton has been awarded for his role in the creation of a national mobility scooter database which helps to reunite owners with their equipment.
Alan Gammon’s efforts led to the creation of the National Mobility Register, which launched at Naidex this year, and he has now been recognised by the BHTA for his contribution to the early development of the database.
Gammon began compiling a local database in Littlehampton in 2015 after seeing the impact of a scooter theft on an owner. The database was designed to help police find scooters and reunite them with their owners.
The database ran for two years before being picked up and developed by the National Federation of Shopmobility which evolved it into a comprehensive online database – the National Mobility Register – which is described as the ‘DVLA for mobility scooters’.
Gammon told the Littlehampton Gazette: “Nationally there is an estimated 450,000 unregistered mobility scooters trundling up and down the streets and town centres every day. When a mobility scooter goes missing, only around 25 per cent are recovered.
“Sussex Police were the first to support the idea and assisted with the information requirements that the database should hold. This is now another toolbox for the police to try to keep on top of this type of crime.
“It also is a boon to the charity, as a part of the registration fee is donated to the local Shopmobility where it is registered and the owner also has the opportunity to choose the shop that will receive the donation.”