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Safe mobility scooter education sessions

6 July, 2018

A series of safe mobility scooter sessions will be held across the region starting in Maryborough at 10am on Tuesday, July 24.

The Maryborough event has been organised by the Hervey Bay Safe Scooter Committee in conjunction with the Maryborough and District Council of the Ageing.

It will be held at the Maryborough Senior Citizens Centre, Alice Street, and outline the rules and regulations associated with using a mobility scooter.

Committee member Juls de Waard said that the rules for using a scooter could be confusing as people using a mobility scooter were classed as pedestrians, but can sometimes use the road depending on the availability of safe pedestrian access.

“With recent media attention concerning the speed of mobility scooter users, it is even more important that people using scooters are aware of the rules and regulations,” she said.

“The sessions are very friendly and offer opportunities for lots of questions and too ride a scooter around an obstacle course. They also include morning tea and refreshments so bookings are essential.

“If you already own a scooter or are thinking of getting one then the education sessions are very suitable.

“The session is also open to non-scooter users so that we can raise awareness about what these vehicles are allowed to do.

“The sessions encourage courtesy on both sides so that all path and road users can cohabitate.”

To book your seat please call MADCOTA on 41231554

Sessions will also be held in Burrum Heads on September 19 and Howard on November 21.

The annual scooter/wheelchair convoy will be held for Saturday, September 8 along the Hervey Bay foreshore. For information on the convoy call Julie de Waard a call on 4194 2441.