A rise in the number of accidents involving mobility scooters has prompted the police to offer free training lessons.
South Yorkshire Police have taken this unusual step after seeing 28 accidents involving mobility scooters in the last five years. 17 of the 28 accidents resulted in fatalities or injuries, which works out at a staggering 60%. The force believes that there are many more accidents that go unreported.
Many mobility scooters are legal to drive on UK roads despite the fact that they only have a top speed of 8mph. Having third-party insurance or a license is not compulsory for mobility scooter drivers, but just like car drivers they can be held legally liable for compensation if their negligent actions cause an injury in an accident.
The free lessons put on by South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership and Parkgate Mobility will teach the participants basic driving skills as well as highlight legal requirements. Example practical aspects of the course will see participants navigate their scooter around an obstacle course. A spokesperson for the police force stated to reporters that the aim of the lessons is to help users maintain their independence whilst improving their safety on the roads and in public areas.
Dates for the free two hour course – titled Scooter Safe – have not yet been announced. Anyone interested in attending should contact South Yorkshire Police on 01709 832455 for more details.