Hereford dealer TPG DisableAids and TGA came together last week to host a mobility scooter safety awareness day supported by the local council and constabulary, which the dealer believes can help to fuel the conversation on scooter safety in the long term.
TGA loaned its test track for the day which simulates obstacles often encountered when out and about such as road crossings, uneven ground and kerbs.
A “healthy number” of visitors attended the event and completed the test track including PCSO Lewis Thomas from West Mercia Police.
Everyone who tackled the course received a free safe driving certificate. The event also provided the opportunity to watch and proactively participate in scooter hoist demonstrations and discuss insurance options.
Alastair Gibbs, managing director of TPG DisableAids, said: “Feedback from visitors, who experienced our test track kindly supplied by TGA, was really positive especially as it provided a fun and engaging range of obstacles to tackle.
“We believe it is not acceptable to own a scooter and drive it irresponsibly, owners need to consider others – hence our free awareness training at this event and on an ongoing basis.
“TPG DisableAids is committed to delivering a consistent message with Hereford County Council and the local constabulary regarding appropriate use of mobility scooters. We want all locals living with restricted mobility to enjoy confident, positive independence without risk or worry.
“This event has not been just about one day; it is a platform that will continue to generate wide-reaching PR and social media directed at helping existing and potential elderly scooter owners and their decision makers.
“Equally we assist disabled individuals from a young age, sometimes from age eight upwards, so a better understanding of the contemporary style and capabilities of scooters these days was another invaluable angle – hence the outside broadcast from trendy Like Radio.”