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Learn how to be safe on a mobility scooter

10 May 2019

Anyone who wants to know about owning and operating a mobility scooter is invited to attend education sessions starting in Hervey Bay this month. 
 
Fraser Coast Regional Council Seniors Liaison Officer Julie de Waard said the sessions, hosted by the Hervey Bay Safe Scooter Committee, were suitable for present and prospective scooter owners. 
 
“The sessions are designed to inform people about how to choose the right scooter, maintaining them and the rules and regulations associated with these motorised vehicles,” Julie said.  
 
“The rules can be confusing, for example, mobility scooters need to be registered if you intend to use them outside of your property but they are classified as pedestrian, not a car.  
 
“This means mobility scooters are meant to be used on pathways and should only be used on roads if there are no safe passageways available.”
 
Julie said representatives from Council and the Department of Transport and Main Roads, as well as police and local retailers, would be on hand to share information. 
 
The first session will be in Hervey Bay on Wednesday May 29 at the Discovery Sphere in the Hervey Bay Art Gallery on Old Maryborough Road.  
 
Morning tea will be provided. Sessions are free but bookings are essential for catering purposes.
 
For more information phone Julie on 4194 2441.
 
Sessions: 
Hervey Bay, Discovery Sphere Theatrette, Bookings 4194 2441 
Wednesday, 29 May, 10am to noon               
Wednesday, 11 September, 10am to noon
 
Maryborough, Senior Citizens Centre, Bookings 4123 1554
Thursday, 6 June, 10am to noon               
 
Burrum Heads, Cans Community Shop, Bookings 4193 4441  
Wednesday, 6 November, 10am to noon