National Express Dundee is making it easier for mobility scooter users to travel around Dundee.
The bus operator is rolling out an on-bus training program for scooter owners, which ensures they will be able to manoeuvre on and off the bus safely, unaided. The company has received a very positive response from people across the city with mobility issues, and has already issued its first travel permit to a mobility scooter owner.
Anyone who owns a mobility scooter and would like to use the bus has been urged to come forward and put their name down for a short training session. If their vehicles are compatible, scooter users are given instruction on how to get on and off a low-floor vehicle, which is specially adapted for wheelchairs, and how to park safely in the disabled bay once on board.
David Penman from Here to Help Mobility Company is assisting National Express with the training – he believes it’ll be a boost for those with mobility issues: "Safety is paramount for both scooter users and those around them, and training is the best way to enable equal access to all.”
Anyone who hasn’t already contacted National Express and would like to participate in on-bus mobility scooter training should get in touch with the company on 01382 201121
(l-r) David Penman, Here to Help Mobility Company; Jo Burnett, Health & Safety Coordinator National Express Dundee; Paul Clark, Operations Manager National Express Dundee; Ann Carty, Driving Instructor National Express Dundee; Rikky Doig, Mobility Scooter owner
(l-r) Rikky Doig (parked correctly in the disabled bay); Ann Carty, Driving Instructor National Express Dundee
Rikky Doig, Mobility Scooter owner, with his newly-issued travel permit for National Express Dundee buses
Published 27th November 2012