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New rules on mobility scooters for high rise tenants post Grenfell Tower disaster

charging storing mobility scooters safelyTough new rules are to be introduced in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire disaster for mobility scooter users who live in the four high rise blocks of flats in Scunthorpe.

Under the proposals made by their landlords at Ongo Homes, Class 3 mobility scooters which can be driven on the roads will not be allowed in the buildings.Disabled tenants will also not be allowed to keep their mobility scooters continuously on charge and transport their vehicles in lifts.

All mobility scooters must be serviced annually and proof provided that all owners must have public liability insurance to the value of £1 million. Ongo, which manages the high-rise flats at Market Hill and Trent View House in Scunthorpe, is also proposing to designate storage areas fitted with smoke alarms and fire safe doors on the ground floor of each of the tower blocks.

Tenants have been told they will have to store and charge mobility scooters within those designated areas. In an open letter, the high-rise tenants have been told: “It is our sole aim to keep you safe as possible and we feel that by having these additional requirements in place for those who own a mobility scooter will further allow us to do so.”

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