A scheme that trains mobility scooter users to drive more safely could soon be replicated across towns and villages in Oxfordshire.
Oxfordshire County Council Fire and Rescue Service’s driver training scheme in Wantage could be rolled out if it proves successful in training users and reducing incidents involving scooters.
The workshops aim to raise awareness of the issues users face – such as pavement obstructions, and judging when it is safe to proceed on pedestrian crossings – and improve their driving skills.
Participants are able to meet scooter manufacturers to discuss design and safety features, while an obstacle course allows them to put driving theory into practice.
In the five years to December 2017, in Oxfordshire there were 24 people injured while using mobility scooters, and one death.
Nationally, during the same period, 859 mobility scooter users were injured, and there were 41 deaths.
Sean Mienie, from Oxfordshire County Council Fire and Rescue Service, said: “At the county council, we aim to help people live safe, healthy lives and play an active part in their community.
“These workshops will support mobility scooter users in understanding their responsibilities to the public and teach them how to drive in a safe manner. It’s also the perfect way to make new friends.
“I hope this group of mobility scooter users increases so that we can educate more people and learn from their experiences.
“This could be a model for each town or village in our county. It is a fantastic initiative and opportunity. The users enjoy meeting new people and attending the workshops.”
Locals have been asked to support the scheme by being more considerate, especially in their parking and driving.