Posted on 29/10/2012

Are Mobility Scooters on the Increase?

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They are becoming a much more common sight in town centres and high streets, and as the availability of mobility scooters rises and prices drop, the number on Britain’s roads is set to increase further.

Mobility scooters are, by law, only meant to be driven by someone diagnosed with an actual disability. However, with a large number of mobility scooters now being sold in second hand shops on the cheap, the number of healthy people resorting to mobility scooters rather than public transport or driving is on the rise.

While mobility scooters are fantastic mobility aid for those who struggle with mobility, allowing them to get out and about with ease, there is no reason why somebody with no health problems should resort to using a mobility scooter as a mode of transport. The use of mobility scooters by healthy people has a damaging reputation and effect for those who genuinely need a mobility scooter – resorting in agitation and frustration from members of the public.

The same stigma doesn’t seem to apply to wheelchair users; while people are happy to move out of the way for wheelchairs, mobility scooter users have reported scornful and nasty comments from people in supermarkets and in other shops.

Although mobility scooters are receiving a bit of a bad press at the moment, the benefits of mobility scooters for elderly or disabled people are huge. Promoting independence and reducing the risk of falls and consequently hospital visits, mobility scooters are a fantastic way to maintain a good quality of life by being able to visit the local shops with ease; they can even be packed into the back of a car for trips a little further afield.

NRS stock a range of mobility scooters, all with different features and benefits. Whether you require it for short distances or long journeys, we have the perfect mobility scooter for you.

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