With a number of high profile media commentators discussing potential regulation of mobility scooters, we feel it is important to note our views and observations on the issue.
Quingo scooters are medical devices which have been designed specifically to help people who have limited mobility. Our customers frequently tell us how owning a Quingo scooter has changed their lives, giving them the freedom and independence to do things that many of us take for granted. It is illegal for someone without a disability to use a mobility scooter. Doing so could be dangerous, inappropriate and upsetting for people who use a scooter in their daily lives.
The Department of Transport already has a code of practice for the supply of mobility vehicles, with a Class 2 and 3 system in place. Class 3 scooters are equipped to travel at higher speeds than Class 2 scooters and may travel on the road. We believe that any reputable dealer or supplier should carry out assessments at their customers’ homes to ensure that they are safe and suitable to use the product. In our opinion, restricting suppliers’ ability to sell mobility devices over the internet without a thorough assessment taking place would ensure that scooters are supplied safely for the benefit of scooter owners and other road and pavement users.