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Mobility scooters users’ on


public transport Rica is the research charity that provides unbiased


information for older and disabled people. With more than 300,000 mobility scooters in the UK, more scooters are now allowed on public transport. However, finding which scooter can go on which local bus, train or tram is not so easy.


Now an online


search, www.rica.org.uk/content/scooters-and-powered- wheelchairs produced by Rica, an independent consumer research charity, can help. Scooter users are allowed on the bus if all of the following


apply: •


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the local bus company is running a scooter permit scheme


the scooter is a Class 2 type and has maximum dimensions of 600mm wide and 1000mm long and a turning radius of no more than 1200mm


the bus company has assessed you in safely using your scooter on the bus.


The current list of bus companies with permit schemes


and that allow mobility scooter users on low floor buses is on the Rica website: www.rica.org.uk


Trainsand


trams Rica also has a list of which scooters can be taken on trains and trams PLUS a free print guide called Public transport: a guide for older and disabled peoplecovering access on coaches, ferries, travel in London, planes and taxis for deaf, disabled and older people. Rica has an online


searchable database of over 450 scooters and


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powered wheelchairs where you can •


search by size and type • •


do quick searches to find scooters that can go on public transport or in your car boot print out detailed information


The Rica online guide to Choosing a mobility scooter has useful information:


• • •


how to use scooter controls, and how to find the ones that suit you best


features to think about, like size, comfort and batteries


where to buy a scooter and sources of funding Find these online at www.rica.org.uk


Older drivers Rica with funding from the RAC Foundation and Department for Transport carried out research - focus groups with drivers and families - to produce a consumer guide called: Driving safely for life: a guide on keeping safe and driving for as long as possible.The guide explains to older drivers:


• •


• exactly what the law says about their ability to drive


how they can best assess their capabilities, for example, by visiting a mobility centre


what modifications can be made to their vehicles and their driving habits to keep them on the road longer


• how, if they do stop driving, they can still maintain a good quality of life


Motoring guides


For other disabled drivers and passengers, Rica also has a series of 13 motoring guides – all freely available in print and online: Choosing a car, Car controls, Getting a wheelchair into a car, Getting in and out of a car, Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles (WAVs) plus a Mobility address list which lists all the car adaptation companies and what services they provide. There are specific guides: Motoring after amputation, Motoring after brain injury, Motoring after a stroke, Motoring with arthritis, Motoring with cerebral palsy, Motoring with multiple sclerosis, Motoring with restricted growth and Family cars: a guide for families of disabled children which identify the issues affecting disabled children and their families when choosing a car and has unique car seat/restraint guidance.


Contact Rica


To order copies of Rica reports or find out more please contact:


Rica, Unit G03 The Wenlock, 50-52 Wharf Road, London, N1 7EU Tel: 020 7427 2460 Textphone: 020 7427 2468


email: mail@rica.org.uk www.rica.org.uk Ability Needs Magazine


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