If you are thinking about the possibility of having to use a mobility scooter or power chair then perhaps the information contained here might be helpful.
- Consider using a company that is a member of a trade association such as The British Healthcare Trades Association (BHTA), to purchase your mobility scooter from.
- All members of the BHTA comply with a code of practice that is approved by the Office of Fair Trading. which means that they operate standards of consumer protection that are far higher than those required by law.
- BHTA also produce a special highway guide for mobility scooter users ‘Get wise to using electric scooters and wheelchairs’. This guide is very useful with advice on driving safely and how to assess what might best suit your needs as you make your purchase.
- It may well be worthwhile contacting the NHS as well, in some cases you may have the right to an electric wheelchair from you local NHS wheelchair services department and these are normally able to be used out doors.
- When you decide the time is right to purchase your new mobility scooter or power chair also consider insurance. It would be wise to invest in getting cover against personal injury to yourself or others and to damage to your new vehicle as well as covering yourself against theft!
- There are now several specialist insurance companies that have expert knowledge of the mobility scooter field and as a result are able to offer better premiums to you.
- If you cannot find any of them easily on the internet then a useful place to start your search would be the British Insurers Brokers Association who will be able to supply you with a list and details of suitable insurance companies.
- Be aware that not all mobility scooters are allowed on public transport, both local buses and train services will exclude certain sizes of wheelchairs and so it is best before any journey which may need to involve use of transport companies to contact them prior to your trip to check what is possible.
- Whilst not anything really to do with mobility scooters another scheme that can be useful when you are out and about (as I know from personal experience) is The National Key scheme (NKS), sometimes known as Radar as well, which will allow you independent entry to accessible public toilets that are otherwise locked to prevent any damage or vandalism. You purchase your own key at a cost of £4.00 (including postage), contact Disability Rights UK for more detailed information but this could help on those occasions you might get caught short!
Hopefully some or all of this information will have been useful to you and please feel free to contact us at http://www.mobilitysavingexpert.co.uk/ for more information at any time.