Horsham District Older Peoples Forum

 Mobility Scooter Highway Code

Watch the BBC programme 'The Trouble with Mobility Scooters'

Lifewise - South Yorkshire road safety and mobility scooter training programme

Manchester - Older and Wiser - Guidelines for mobility scooter users 


Mobility scooter death prompts call to change law Telegraph 15th December 2019

Grandmother 92, mowed down by mobility scooter Evening Standard 13th August 2019

Warning for reckless mobility scooter users Telegraph 30th July 2019

Mobility scooter death leads to call for change in the law Telegraph 18th July 2018

Eight killed using mobility scooters Sunday Times 2nd October 2016


Horsham Town Community Partnership (HTCP) and Horsham District Older Peoples Forum (HDOPF) supported by Age UK, Horsham District have put together a free training scheme to provide mobility scooter training for new users and for those more experienced users who would benefit from a refresher course. The courses, run by HTCP volunteers, which commenced in 2018, have proved successful and popular and are continuing in 2019 with the first course held in January 2019. Also attending were 2 Billingshurst Community Wardens, seen in the photo below with Tony, one of our experienced volunteer Tutors.

Update by HTCP Chairman David Searle July 2019

Currently, 66 people have attended training and all have said how much they have enjoyed the 90 minute sessions.  In addition some have returned for a further session with a particular request to be taken out in the town centre and Swan Walk. We have been advised that HDC has agreed a grant of £790 (not yet received) and Horsham Masonic Lodge has also given £100, both for the continuation of the project.  This is in addition to a Scooter Tutor donating his £100 fee from undertaking work for Clearwell Mobility.  

Groundwork, the organisation employed by Tesco to manage their Bags of Help scheme has advised we came third in the recent poll and we have been awarded £1000 for the Mobility Scooter Skills and Safety project. A meeting of the Group will be convened on Thursday 25th July to discuss in detail how the money will be spent in accordance with our application.  £350 has already been spent on a series of 3 adverts in the District Post. At the invitation of Crawley Town Access Group, we have carried out 2 successful sessions at the Hawth Theatre.  Hopefully, we will be asked to return and give further sessions soon.  Henfield Community Partnership has invited us to Henfield to run 2 sessions and we have had inquiries from Billingshurst and Worthing. 

 A presentation was given to Horsham Phoenix Stroke Club who meet at Forest Boys School and we are currently waiting to hear when we can return during the summer school holidays to run sessions in the playground.

The number of mobility scooters currently being used in the UK is estimated to be 350,000 and is likely to increase year on year.  There is no requirement to register or insure mobility scooters, have any driving experience or have any training. 

Provided you have the money you can purchase your machine, ride off and drive most places off road.  There are a few restrictions if you wish to use the scooter on the road but these are only filling in a few forms and having the right type of scooter.  There is no requirement to have a level of mobility or sight.

During the period between 2011 and 2015 there have been 23 mobility scooter fatalities with a further 490 injuries and most of these have been classed as serious.  To help prevent these accidents, give training and confidence to new users it is proposed to run a free pilot training scheme in Horsham.  If this proves to be successful, the program could be ongoing.  We are in contact with Gosport Older Persons Forum who have run a similar successful pilot scheme and they have agreed to share their experiences and support us setting up our scheme.

HTCP with HDOPF are leading the initiative with Age UK, Horsham District giving support.  

Martin Bruton, Chairman of HDOPF said “Mobility scooters and the safety of both the riders and pedestrians have often been raised at our Forum meetings. This training project is needed and deserves your support to make happen”. 

If you, a family member or friend uses a mobility scooter or are thinking of purchasing one in the future and feel this would be something they would benefit from, or iyou would like to support this initiative or offer your services, please email horshamscootersafety@gmail.com or telephone 01403 269384

Letter to West Sussex County Times 25th October 2018

Mary 94, leads the way in pioneering buggy scheme West Sussex County Times 31st May 2018

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