Safe Scoot course for West Norfolk

Police to offer training to mobility scooter users

Mobility scooter users in West Norfolk are being invited to take part in a course on how to drive them safely.

Police have been prompted into running a training session after concerns that some users aren't overly considerate.

The course is being planned for the Marshland area and the Terrington Safer Neighbourhood Team wants to hear from anyone in the area who would like to take part.

PCSO Chris Lorraine said: 'The ability to be mobile is extremely important for people, however we need to ensure that people use mobility scooters in a safe and appropriate manner which has been raised as a concern locally. This course will help to achieve this.

'We are planning to hold a course in the coming months but would like to gauge the level of interest and help decide where best to hold the course'.

The free course, on a date yet to be confirmed, asks scooter users to work their way through a series of cones, obstructions and props to boost their confidence when carrying out basic manoeuvres including parking, reversing and negotiating kerbs.

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Participants can also watch the police's film Safe Scoot, which has been produced in partnership with leading mobility retailer Halfords and narrated by TV's most famous scooter user, Sheila Reid, star of hit ITV series Benidorm.

To contact PCSO Lorraine at Terrington SNT about the course either call 0845 456 4567 or e-mail sntterrington@norfolk.pnn.police.uk.

For more information about Safe Scoot online visit www.safescoot.co.uk