Despite the difficulties experienced by some mobility scooter users while trying to use the nations network train services, other public transport sectors are looking to improve their service for passengers with disabilities. For the first time ever, mobility scooter users are going to be able to travel aboard buses and trams as part of a new trial being introduced by transport bosses.
Mobility scooters were making news headlines recently in Scotland, when a disabled lady was turned away from a train because of her mobility scooter.
A new travel scheme to help disabled people get around London has been launched. The Turn Up and Go scheme is a six-month trial that has seen 30 stations across London team up to make it more convenient for people using mobility scooters to travel in the capital.
Some British news outlets have raised concerns over the possibility that mobility scooters and other small, motorised vehicles (including golf buggies), will have to be insured. The concerns stem from a recent ruling from the Court of Justice of the European Union.
While 2012’s London games are now a distant memory to many and all eyes are starting to look towards Brazil 2016, the Paralympic legacy in the UK is still evident three years later and sport for people with disabilities is going from strength to strength. Recent news reports from across the country show that we’re seeing a growth in wheelchair football teams, and that these teams are looking for new members to come along and get involved.
A new police project in South Yorkshire is encouraging mobility scooter users to enroll on safety courses. Delivered in community centres, care homes and churches across the county, the free Scooter Safe project uses a film-set indoor street to help train scooter users on protecting themselves and others when out and about.