Horsham District Older Peoples Forum

Mobility scooter safety sessions restart in Horsham WSCT 5th February 2020


 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 2020. 2 Billingshurst Community Wardens, are seen in the photo below with Tony, one of our experienced volunteer Tutors.

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

Mobility scooter safety sessions restart in Horsham

West Sussex County Times 5th February 2020

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

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