Scoot along to new clinic in Welwyn Garden City

PUBLISHED: 09:02 18 September 2010

HAD customer Eric Leach receives a few scooter safety tips from Keith Parker

HAD customer Eric Leach receives a few scooter safety tips from Keith Parker


THEY may not look dangerous, but in the wrong hands mobility scooters can cause havoc, a charity is warning.

WGC-based HAD has launched a series of unique training clinics to help mobility scooter users. The clinics, run by transport trainer Keith Parker, are based on a new Safescoot scheme devised by Norfolk Police.

They cover controls, manoeuvring, reversing, kerbs, crossings and hazards. Maintenance and battery economy will also be included.

Mr Parker said: “Although the top speed of a scooter designed for pavement use is only 4mph and a road scooter, 8mph, these are heavy machines and can potentially cause problems, especially if the user is not confident.

“With 330,000 presently on UK roads and pavements it could be a big problem.”

At the moment no training is required by law, but HAD want to offer it to its customers as an additional service.

“Some retailers just supply the scooter but HAD is taking it one stage further by offering a comprehensive, hands-on training package with safety a priority,” Mr Parker added.

The half-day clinics cost £25 and will be held at HAD’s Woodside Centre HQ at The Commons.

HAD is hoping to make the clinics available countywide and is presently looking for other venues.

Mr Parker will also be training HAD’s equipment centre staff so they can advise potential scooter customers in the near future.

More information on the clinics is available from HAD on 01707 384260.

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