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Gravesham council condemned for loss of mobility scooter rental scheme

An 80-year-old disabled woman says she has been left housebound after a cost-cutting council was forced to cancel its mobility scooter rental scheme. Gravesham council used to offer scooters at tourism hub Towncentric in St George’s Square, Gravesend. It was moved as part of a council economy drive last year, along with the rental service, […]

National mobility scooter registration scheme launched

According to Luton Today, a new website has been launched by the National Federation of Shopmobility to help recover stolen or abandoned mobility scooters and reunite them with their owners. The National Mobility Registration Scheme was originally piloted in Littlehampton but it soon became clear that there was a national need for such a campaign. […]

Pensioner barred from taking her mobility scooter on a train to visit her sick husband

A pensioner who spent the remainder of her savings on a mobility scooter in order to “keep her independence” has been prevented from using it by a train company. Gillian Cockburn, who lives in Redcar, says travelling by train is the only way she can visit her sick husband, who is currently in the James […]

Drunk pensioner causes mayhem on his mobility scooter

A pensioner ‘stinking of booze’ driving a mobility scooter when he drove down the middle of the road and unleashed a tirade of abuse at a driver who tried to pass him. The exasperated motorist says he encountered the elderly man trundling down a road in Southport, and claims he smelt ‘like he had been […]

Derbyshire police give advice to dual carriageway mobility scooter rider

As a result of intelligence from the community, Derbyshire PC Mark Atterbury from the Chaddesden Safer Neighbourhood Team has been to visit the 83 year-old local man seen riding his mobility scooter on a dual carriageway in Derby city centre ( reported in n earlier blog article ). PC Atterbury explained: “The man had a […]

Parking pandemonium caused by a mobility scooter

Neighbours are up in arms about a rogue vehicle taking up valuable parking space outside their homes…a four-wheeled mobility scooter!! The mobility vehicle has been parked on the road outside homes on Osborne Road, close to Blackpool’s South Shore. Infuriated neighbours have called in Blackpool council to force the owner to move his mobility scooter off the […]

Cruel benefit assessments take away mobility scooters from disabled

Thousands of disabled people have had their adapted cars and mobility scooters taken away from them after being put through cruel benefit assessments, charity Motability has recently revealed. MPs and campaigners are demanding action after 51,000 people had their Motability vehicles withdrawn following a personal independence payment (PIP) assessment. This figure represents almost half of all […]

Not so “nice to be by the seaside” for mobility scooter users

A pensioner had to be rescued by a group of burly blokes after her mobility scooter got stuck on a zigzagged ramp by the beach. Mary Maudlin, 74, had driven down Sea Thistle Way, in Jaywick, before reaching the access ramp to get to the beach. As she drove on to the winding path, her […]

Blackburn bus station mobility scooter row kicks off

A row has broken out between a council and an over-50s group over the lack of allocated spaces for large mobility scooters at a new bus station. Brian Todd, chairman of Blackburn with Darwen Older Person’s Forum, has accused borough management of being ‘offensive’ over their refusal to make official provision for parking the larger version […]

Japanese railways to overturn rule preventing foreign travellers from taking mobility scooters on trains

If you are a mobility scooter user and you have been a tourist or traveller in Japan in the past or are planning to visit the country, this will be of interest to you. The Japanese transport ministry has urged railways to abolish an industry rule that virtually bans foreign travellers with disabilities from using mobility scooters on […]

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