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Disability travel scheme launched in London

Disability travel scheme launched in London
Disability travel scheme launched in London

A new travel scheme to help disabled people get around London has been launched. The Turn Up and Go scheme is a six-month trial that has seen 30 stations across London team up to make it more convenient for people using mobility scooters to travel in the capital.

Head of disability and inclusion for the Rail Delivery Group David Sindall explained that many disabled Londoners already travel by rail without booking assistance, but a lot of others have had to organise support 24 hours in advance. People using electric wheelchairs will now be able to get around London much easier thanks to the changes that have been made at the 30 stations. Staff at the stations will now be able to help disabled passengers without this having been arranged in advance.

Mr Sindall said: “Rail services are now far more accessible than ever and we are committed to continuing to make travel by train an attractive prospect for disabled people.”

The Turn Up and Go scheme is backed by Paralympian gold medallist Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, who pointed out that the whole DLR and large parts of the Underground network are now accessible for disabled people, as well as the Overground and London buses. She said: “The entire London Overground network is now Turn Up and Go, which has long been an issue for me. I would urge other rail companies to follow suit.” Baroness Grey-Thompson admitted that improvements can still be made in terms of disabled travel in London, but she says Transport for London are currently “leading the way” in this area.

The mobility scooters and electric wheelchairs we provide can make it easy for you to get around London thanks to the new Turn Up and Go scheme.

Disabled football fans let down by the Premier League

Disabled Access at Football Stadiums
Disabled Access at Football Stadiums

Every person who owes their independence to a wheelchair or mobility scooter knows that some businesses just aren’t accessible to the disabled. There’s a certain amount of understanding if the necessary work would put genuine financial pressure on a small firm. But what about when the business in question has just scored a three-year TV deal worth an eye-watering £5.136 billion?

According to the Equality and Human Rights Commission, the Premier League clubs are failing their disabled fans in a number of ways. The most shocking revelation is the fact that only Swansea City and Leicester City offer the number of wheelchair spaces recommended by the good practice guide Accessible Stadia. That’s just two of the 20 top-flight clubs. The commission has warned legal action is an option if failures to provide adequate access breach the Equalities Act 2010.

Level Playing Field has now called for the Premier League to take control of the problem and order its clubs to right the wrongs that have been allowed to slip through the net. David Bernstein, the charity’s president and a former Football Association chair, said: “The clubs don’t do it because disabled provision costs money, and they raise the issue of having old grounds. But given the money at the top of the game now, this is indefensible.”

Here at Pro Rider Mobility, we understand how important it is for disabled people to be able to enjoy the everyday activities and outings that able-bodied people take for granted. Which is why we stock quality electric wheelchairs, class 2 mobility scooters and class 3 mobility scooters, which are designed to offer maximum freedom and comfort.

Pro Rider Mobility Scooter Service and Repairs

Mobility Scooter Service and Repairs

A mobility scooter is a wonderfully practical way to get around, and since their introduction, millions of people have enjoyed a significantly greater quality of life. With these devices playing such a crucial part in the lives of so many, their safe and efficient functioning is paramount, and that is where Pro Rider mobility scooter service and repair scheme comes in.

Put simply, this scheme is dedicated to ensuring that Pro Rider customers are lavished with just as much attention after purchasing as they were when reaching into their pockets. The service is based on Pro Rider’s core values of integrity and honesty – values that will never waver. With expertly trained engineers rushing to the door of any UK resident, regardless of the mobility scooter brand, customers will be met by an experienced onsite service and repair team; the team will waste little time in identifying and correcting the problem, meaning that you will be mobile again in no time at all. In keeping with another of the company’s values – fair pricing – this service costs only £75 if paid up front (£90 after purchase), and it is worth every penny.

Even with the finely honed skills of Pro Rider staff ready to go, on occasions, your mobility scooter may simply be beyond repair. Should this rare and unfortunate situation present itself, a courtesy scooter will be at your door before you have the chance to scratch your nose.

Pro Rider mobility scooter service and repair scheme is as comprehensive a service as you can get, and the company’s commitment to a convenient customer-based approach means that regardless of where you are or how severe the malfunction, all that is needed is a call to Pro Rider.

Please find out more on our website by clicking here.

Can I get help to fund my mobility scooter purchase?

A mobility scooter is the key to a whole new lease of life. But, many believe that this freedom is financially beyond them.

This is not necessarily true. There are a number of ways to help you fund and spread the cost of owning a mobility scooter.

There are a number of organisations and charities that can help you fund your scooter purchase, but even the large national charities rarely fund the full cost of the scooter. This often forces customers to buy second hand or go without. Buying a second hand scooter might seem a cost effective solution, but you will inevitably get a machine that has limited life and is not covered by a manufacturer’s warranty. If the mobility scooter goes wrong you are then spending more on fixing it, or at the very worst, you are back to square one and having to purchase another scooter.

Some charities and organisations let you rent a mobility scooter, but you will always be paying rent for the unit which will not allow many to save for other needs. And at the end of the rental, you will not own the scooter and have to hand it back.

Here at Pro Rider Mobility we have sat down with our customers to address this problem. And the solution is our Pro Rider Mobility Finance Package.

The current Motability scheme takes most, if not all of the customers DLA monthly allowance, whereas Pro Rider Mobility will charge on average half that amount.

And the Pro Rider Mobility Finance Package will also let you include all your home warranty, insurance cover and breakdown cover into your monthly payments. So, there are no additional monthly charges to worry about.

So, to summarise, buying your mobility scooter or electric powerchair with the Pro Rider Mobility Finance Package will offer:

  1. A massive saving on the initial purchase price of the product (meaning smaller repayments)
  2. A brand new mobility scooter or electric wheelchair to keep with full 5 star home warranty
  3. The highest level of after sales care with over 90 nationally located engineers ready to help if something goes wrong
  4. Pro Rider Mobility will charge on average half that amount of other funding schemes such as Motability Scheme, so you have more spare saving for other things.

So, call us today on 01604 813428 and speak with one of our friendly sales team to find out more about our affordable finance packages.

What is the difference between a Class 2 and a Class 3 Mobility Scooter?

Here at Pro Rider Mobility, we often get asked this question, so here is the inside information.

Class 2 mobility scooters are usually smaller and lighter than their class 3 counterparts. They can still be used inside and outside and are usually more manoeuvrable in tight spaces. There are some legal requirements to consider before purchasing a class 2 or class 3 mobility scooter. Firstly, a class 2 scooter has a top speed of 4mph (6.4 kph). This is just slightly faster than walking pace and may make a difference if you want to travel longer distances (to the supermarket for example).

And while class 2 mobility scooters can be used on the pavements (and when crossing roads), they cannot be driven on a road. Also, it is not a requirement to insure or tax a class 2 scooter, but we would highly recommend getting insurance for yourself and your scooter anyway.

One final consideration for a class 2 scooter is its portability. Due to its lighter weight and smaller size, class 2 scooters can be easily dismantled and re-assembled in a short amount of time. Ideal for holiday travel in the UK.

Class 3 mobility scooters are generally larger and more robust. They have a legal top speed of 8mph (12.8kph), this is twice as fast as the class 2 scooter and certainly a consideration if you want to travel quickly from a to b. A speed of 8mph is a good running pace.

But, the main difference between class 3 and class 2 mobility scooters is that you can legally drive a class 3 scooter on the road. But, unlike a car, you don’t need a driving licence (although you should always abide by the highway code when using your scooter). It is also important to remember that class 3 mobility scooters are not allowed in cycle lanes, bus lanes, and on the motorway (but why would you want to anyway :).

It is a legal requirement to register your class 3 scooter, and you will need to display a “nill duty” tax disc. Registration is done by completing a V55/5 (for used vehicles) or V55/4 (for new vehicles) form (available at your local post office).

A final consideration is that usually class 3 mobility scooters have larger wheels than their class 2 counterparts. This means a class 3 scooter is better adept at moving over uneven ground and getting up steeper kerbs.

So, if it is pottering around your local area and to the local shops, then a class 2 scooter would suit perfectly. If you want to travel faster and further, then class 3 is the way to go.

If you want any more details about our class 2 mobility scooters or class 3 mobility scooters, please call us on 01604 813428 or visit our mobility website.