Mobility scooter riders urged to enrol on safety courses in South Yorkshire

George and Alwyn Galbraith on their mobility scooters
George and Alwyn Galbraith on their mobility scooters

A police project aimed at keeping mobility scooter riders safe on the streets of South Yorkshire is being rolled out and is now delivered in care homes, church halls and community centres.

The Scooter Safe project, run at the Lifewise Centre at Hellaby, which contains a film-set indoor street, is free of charge and teaches mobility scooter users how to keep safe and to protect other road users and pedestrians.

It is also being delivered in outreach sessions in the community.

Project Officer Andy Foster, of South Yorkshire Police, said: “Legally members of the public who have no previous driving experience can go out and purchase a scooter and do not require a licence, insurance or training. Hence we run Scooter Safe.

“I would recommend all scooter users attend these courses to fully understand their own capabilities and to maximise their safety and that of pedestrians and other road users.”

George and Alwyn Galbraith, both 73 and from Sheffield, are among those who have completed the course at the Lifewise Centre.

Their scooters are provided by the Parkgate Mobility store, one of 11 in the area which help deliver the Scooter Safe courses.

Alwyn said: “We have always been very careful on our scooters but thanks to the local police and Parkgate Mobility, we are now better prepared to remain in control and stay safe when out and about.”

Tracy Simmons, Parkgate Mobility co-director, said: “We have delivered around 60 sessions at the Lifewise centre and at other outreach venues.