Mobility Scooters in spotlight

Mobility scooters can provide much-needed freedom for people, but it’s important to be safe when using them.

Life Unlimited is running a Mobility Scooter Safety Awareness Day this Wednesday, November 28, as concern grows over safety of the vehicles, some of which can reach over 40kmh.

There is currently no speed limit for the scooters, and with two deaths this year and about 400 claims to ACC for scooter-related injuries every year.

Mary Anne Gill from Life Unlimited said a lot of people buying second-hand mobility scooters receive no training “and then suddenly you’re out on the street”.

The Waipā District Council and Resthaven have joined forces with Life Unlimited to hold the safety day, which will be held on Wednesday, November 28, from 1.30 – 3pm at Cambridge Resthaven.

“With the pressures coming on footpaths with cycles, scooters, pedestrians, we and the council believe these free awareness sessions are vitally important,” Mary Anne said.

It is open to anyone in the community – you can bring your own mobility scooter or borrow one of theirs. The session will include safety and servicing tips, and an obstacle course for attendees to have a go on.

Life Unlimited is a charitable trust offering health and disability information, advice and equipment to enable propel to live the life they choose, with all profits going back into the community.

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