Mobility scooter users in the Merseyside area are being asked to register their interest in taking part in an awareness course run by the police that shows them how to safely operate their mobility aids.
Officers from the Terrington Safer Neighbourhood Team, would like to hear from anyone who lives close-by who would like to take part in a course, the date for which has yet to be confirmed.
The free course asks scooter users to work their way through a series of cones, obstructions and props to boost their confidence when carrying out basic manoeuvres including parking, reversing and negotiating kerbs.
86 year old Daniel Telford from Liverpool, thinks its a great idea, He said “Not Many People are aware of the perils of not using there mobility scooter properly, I think its a great way for people to learn more about how to use there scooters!”
Participants can also watch the Constabulary’s film ‘Safe Scoot’, which is narrated by TV’s most famous scooter user, Sheila Reid, star of hit ITV series Benidorm.
Police Community Support Officer Chris Lorraine said: “The ability to be mobile is extremely important for people, however we need to ensure that people use mobility scooters in a safe and appropriate manner which has been raised as a concern locally. This course will help to achieve this.
“We are planning to hold a course in the coming months but would like to gauge the level of interest and help decide where best to hold the course”.