Warrington Disability Partnership (WDP) and social enterprise, the Disability Trading Company and BAS (NW), joined forces this weekend to hold the latest Scoota-Safe Day.
Held in the Old Market Place in the Golden Square on Saturday, the event aimed to promote safety of mobility scooters and electric wheelchairs to current and future users.
The Scooter-Safe scheme was developed in response to increased concerns about the number of accidents and fatalities involving untrained, uninsured and unsafe mobility scooter users as mobility vehicles have become larger in size, more powerful and easily available.
Dave Thompson MBE DL, co-founder and chief executive of WDP, commented: “Sadly we receive regular reports of deaths and tens of thousands of accidents across the country, we’ve had dozens of accidents here in Warrington, and some have been life changing.”
Adding: “Mobility scooter users don’t need a medical, a licence or a test, they don’t need insurance or an MOT. The latest mobility scooters can travel at eight miles an hour and they’re deadly in the wrong hands.”
WDP led the initial development of the Scoota-Safe initiative with support from Warrington’s Own Buses, Warrington Borough Council Highways Department and Cheshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner David Kean.
As well as the Scoota-Safe scheme, the event showcased the latest mobility products available from WDP’s Disability Trading Company and vehicle adaptions from Warrington based BAS (NW).
WDP said it hoped these Scoota-Safe events will raise awareness on scooter safety, giving users information, advice and guidance on the range of products, plus proper training to prevent accidents and making travel accessible and safe for everyone.