On November 23rd Cornwall Mobility will be visiting the Palace of Westminster to meet Andrew Jones MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Transport (DfT).
Cornwall Mobility is dedicated to improving the lives of disabled people, particularly those with mobility issues. Last year was a particularly disturbing year as we saw far too many injuries and deaths caused across the country, including within Cornwall, through the use of mobility scooters.
We were obviously concerned by these incidents and, with our long-term interest in the regulatory environment for mobility scooters, Mat Campbell-Hill, a trustee, established a project earlier in 2015 to address this.
We had noticed that regulations around scooter registration, licensing, weight, safety, training and usage are hazy to non-existent. Our project, as agreed with the Department for Transport (DfT) in April and working through the British Healthcare Trades Association (BHTA), seeks to develop a set of basic assessment and training guidelines. It was intended that these guidelines should be routinely applied to all sales and hires conducted by members of the BHTA.
This would be a first step in the long road to towards an appropriate regulatory framework for these machines which would ensure that scooter users and the wider public are much safer around them.
The scheduled meeting with Andrew Jones MP is intended to take forward this agenda to the next step which will be the establishment of an evidence base in terms of statistics around mobility scooters and their safety. This will in turn allow the development of suitable regulations to go forward, supported by national data.
We are very pleased that Devon and Cornwall Constabulary is already working with us on this, as well as the road safety teams in both counties. However, for real benefit to all to come from this, we now need to extend the support for regulation onto the national stage. Mat Campbell-Hill and Edward Trewhella, who will be making the trip to Westminster, are very grateful to Sarah Newton MP who is supporting them in this project.
If you are concerned about your own use of a mobility scooter, or wish to have a chat about how a mobility scooter could help you get around please contact us for a confidential and free assessment on: 01872 254920 or email [email protected]
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