A free motorised scooter workshop for seniors aims to help reduce the number of older people who are hospitalised each year after losing control of their vehicles or falling from their buggies.
The City of Sydney workshop on 4 April is being held in response to the growing number of people who are using mobility scooters or motorised wheelchairs, with about 231,000 Australians currently relying on them to get around*.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore said this number was expected to rise and it was important to ensure motorised scooters were being used safely.
“Many people with mobility issues rely on motorised scooters to get to their local shops and services, but find them hard to control,” the Lord Mayor said.
“Users don’t need a licence to drive a mobility scooter and there are no training requirements, yet at least 62 Australians have died from mobility scooter collisions or falls**.
“The City’s free motorised scooter workshop will teach users to travel around safely, protecting both themselves and other pedestrians.”
According to the RMS, six motorised wheelchairs and one mobility scooter were involved in accidents in the City of Sydney local government area in 2007-2011.
The free workshop will include short presentations by the City, RMS and AidaCare on scooter safety, choosing the right scooter for you and how to be a safe pedestrian.
Topics will also include scooters and the law, provisions for buying a scooter and details about the medical assessment that is required before a scooter can be purchased.
Six scooters will be available for practice on the day and attendees will be invited to ask questions and seek advice on the best scooter to suit their needs.
Free Motorised Scooter Workshop for Seniors
Thursday 4 April, 9.30am-12.30pm
Sydney Park Community Room, Sydney Park Road, Alexandria
Morning tea will be provided and bookings are essential by phone 02 9265 9489 or email email@example.com
For more information, visit whatson.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/events/17650-free-motorised-scooter-workshop-for-seniors
*Source: Mobility scooter usage and safety survey report, September 2012; by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, NRMA, Choice, Flinders University and Enable NSW.
**Source: Help cut mobility scooter accidents, 2010; by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.
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