A new mobility scooter assessment facility has launched in Thetford, East Anglia, which is targeting end-users and healthcare professionals.
The facility is Driving Mobility’s latest driving centre, which offers people assessment, advice and guidance on mobility scooters, powerchairs, wheelchair provision and adapted vehicles.
Service users either self-refer to the charity or are signposted by the DVLA, Motability, police or healthcare professionals.
The centres are managed by a team of specialist OTs, Approved Driving Instructors (ADIs) and administration staff who are focused on recommended solutions for independent mobility.
The new centre in Thetford allows users free access to TGA’s mobility scooter test drive course and includes a training room for drivers and professionals and a large reception.
Driving Mobility is inviting healthcare professionals and members of the public with an interest in adapted driving to attend its official opening event in Thetford.
Vehicle conversion companies will be supporting along with specialist suppliers such as Autochair car boot hoists and TGA mobility scooters. A scooter test drive course will be available so visitors can experience part of the assessment process and determine which product is suitable for their needs.
Yvette Bateman, CEO, East Anglian DriveAbility, comments: “We are proud of our new facilities and the enhancement to services on offer for all elderly and disabled drivers within East Anglia.
“Sue Rogers from the Department for Transport and Helen Dolphin MBE, our Chair and well known accessible transport campaigner, will be available throughout the day.
“They will be able to explain the latest developments in legislation and topics such as disabled parking and the extension to the Blue Badge scheme. The team and I invite everyone with an interest in independent mobility to attend.”