The number of mobility scooters currently being used is estimated to be 350,000 and is likely to increase year on year by 10%. There is no requirement to insure mobility scooters, or have any driving experience or training.
Provided you have the money you can purchase your machine and go off and drive most places off-road.
There are a few restrictions if you wish to use the vehicle on the road but these are only filling in a few forms and having the right type of scooter.
There is no requirement to have a level of mobility or sight.
During the period between 2011 and 2015 there were 23 mobility scooter fatalities and a further 490 injuries and most of these have been classed as serious.
Are Mobility Scooter Users Gambling with Safety?
The issues of mobility scooter safety have been raised at Horsham District Older Peoples Forum meetings. The Forum approached Horsham Town Community Partnership (HTCP) with a view to forming a joint project to organise and run a mobility scooter training programme.
To help prevent these mobility scooter accidents and give confidence to new or prospective mobility scooter users, Horsham Town Community Partnership (HTCP) is now running a training scheme in Horsham Town that commenced in April 2018. Courses have been successfully completed and courses are available. There are places for 3 people on each course and a mobility scooter can be supplied if you don’t already possess one. The instructors have been specifically trained by the Queen Elizabeth Foundation.
The courses, which are free to attend, are held in the Barn and Horsham Park were suspended during Covid and have now resumed for 2022.
For more information and to Book a place see here
Horsham District Council is being extremely supportive and has supplied training and storage venues in Horsham Park & The Barn.