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Mobility Scooter Pensioner Loving His McDonald’s drive-through

Mobility Scooter Pensioner Loving His McDonald’s drive-through

Eyebrows were raised in Trowbridge, Wiltshire, after a pensioner drove his mobility scooter through a McDonald’s drive-thru.

The grandfather was seen to join the drive-through queue at his local McDonald’s restaurant rather than use a car parking space provided by the restaurant for their customers who choose to enter by foot.

Bemused drivers watched as the elderly gentleman pulled up to place his food order at the window, then after his food was delivered, put it carefully into the shopping basket on the front of his mobility scooter.

Customer Jonathon Owens was in his car in the queue just in front of the hungry pensioner, and at first thought that he was intending to cross the road in his scooter, but instead he watched as the gentleman pulled up behind him to wait his turn.

Mr Owens than reported that the pensioner collected his order, and drove off down the road with a Big Mac in his shopping basket. He said that the McDonald’s staff who were serving at the drive-through appeared highly amused with their elderly visitor, as they waved him happily on his way.

Photographs of the pensioner, taken by Mr Owens, riding his scooter around the drive-through have been circulated and liked on Facebook, with one commenter claiming that the gentleman was his grandfather. Commenting, Luke Griffin, said that his grandfather was a unique guy, and everyone in town knows him.

Can Mobility Scooters legally use a Drive-through?

This event does raise the question should mobility scooter users be allowed to use drive-through restaurants.

According to the McDonald’s restaurant website, mobility scooters that are road taxed and are licensed to use the road can use their drive-through’s like any other motor vehicle. The drive-through lanes have been custom built to accommodate motor cars, vans, and road-worthy mobility scooters, so the restaurant have no problem with licensed scooter drivers using the restaurant’s drive through facilities.

However, the McDonald’s website also states that the health and safety of their customers and employees is of top priority. It is for these reasons that drive-through windows are unable to serve customer on foot, bicycle riders, horse riders, or any horse-drawn vehicles. This also extends to mobility scooters that are not built for road travel.

Customers on mobility scooters that are not built for road travel are welcomed in their restaurants, and should be able to ride their mobility scooters directly into the restaurant wherever possible, via disabled access and purpose built ramps.

Disabled mother banned from drive-through

Despite the rules over mobility scooters being very clear on the restaurant website, one lady was banned from a McDonald’s drive-through when she took her 5 year old son as a passenger, and attempted to use the window to place her order.

Tina Cougill has now been barred from using the drive-through while carrying her child. The disabled 48 year old was too unwell to walk into the restaurant with her son, so instead she sat him on her lap while using her scooter in the drive-through.

The McDonald’s restaurant in Keighley, West Yorkshire, stated that the vehicles are allowed in the drive-through, but for health and safety reasons – not while carrying extra passengers.

The Trouble With Mobility Scooters

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Did you know that the UK has the highest number of mobility scooters currently in use than any other European country?

It has been calculated that we have around 330,000 of them whizzing around our little island, and the number is actually increasing year on year.

With figures as extraordinary as these, it is no wonder that the BBC made a TV documentary about the phenomenon. You may have seen it recently? It is called ‘The Trouble With Mobility Scooters’ and you may be able to watch it on catch-up TV if you missed it.

There is no doubt that mobility scooters offer their users a chance of independence that has been denied them because of their age or medical condition, but for other road and pavement users, they can be a complete nightmare!

Unlike with other motorised vehicles on the roads, scooter users do not have to take any form of driving test, or pass a proficiency test before using one. You don’t need any form of insurance cover to use one either. Did you know that you can even be allowed to drive one if you are registered as blind? An oversight there I think – no pun intended.

The BBC TV documentary took a warm-hearted look at the problem with mobility scooters by following a group of users as they went through a driving course put on by the South Yorkshire Police force.

The scooter users were from South Yorkshire, north Wales, and Derbyshire, and the TV crew observed them as they went about their lives using their scooters, and seeing first-hand how they have become a lifeline for their owners.

However, the stories were not always so rosy, especially for those people who have had encounters with mobility scooters and have come off worse because of it. Accidents involving mobility scooters are on the rise, and it is only expected to get worse as the number of users increase.

The documentary interviewed people who had been clipped, knocked down or run over by mobility scooters while out shopping, and one lady even gave up shopping in the Trafford Centre because of the sheer number of scooters she had to dodge each time she went there.

It is hardly surprising that collisions may occur in busy shopping centres and on the streets when you have a person driving a scooter that can reach 8 -10 mph, but who may be visually impaired, or who has physical reactions that have been drastically reduced through age.

One of the featured scooter drivers was put through the police training course by his son, because he didn’t think it was a very good idea that his 80-year-old dad should be driving one with tunnel vision!

Just because you don’t need insurance to drive a mobility scooter does not mean that you cannot get some. There are insurance companies that specialise in insurance for scooters, and the TV crew also got a behind-the-scenes look at one company as they fielded some quite distressing telephone calls from claimants.

You may smirk at the thought of some scooter-related accidents – bins being knocked over, shop signs being ran over etc. but there is an increasing call for insurance companies who have to deal with the aftermath of the chaos caused by scooter accidents.

While the TV show seemed to delight in retelling the amusing stories, such as the lady who drove her mobility scooter into the baptismal bath at her church, simply because she wanted to meet the handsome new priest, there is a serious side to these accidents that you cannot ignore.

There were also sad and touching moments within the programme that really helped to bring home the message of how important these scooters can be to the people who use them.

Despite the image of an elderly scooter driver springing to mind whenever you think of them, people of all ages with serious medical conditions use them too. Such as the 34-year-old mother who has to use one because she suffers from MS. It was heart-breaking to see her watch an elderly woman walking around completely unaided, while she herself was confined to the limits of her mobility scooter, probably for the rest of her life.

Overall, the programme helped to make people aware of just how important mobility scooters are to their users, and generally how they are a good thing for society. What is your view on the programme?.

Mobility scooter driver being hunted by police

Too much negative mobility scooter press coverage
Too much negative mobility scooter press coverage

We recently wrote about the mobility scooter user banned from popular supermarket Sainsbury’s for life for accidentally bumping into another shopper. This week in the news, a more serious – and certainly deliberate – incident has taken place.

In the town of Southampton, a 67 year old victim has this week been hit and then run over by a mobility scooter driver. According to a recent article in the Telegraph, the driver deliberately crashed into the victim and, once he had fallen over, went on to run over his legs several times leaving him with a broken ankle. The incident only came to an end when a passer-by finally intervened.

Both victim and perpetrator are pensioners, but it isn’t clear whether or not they know each other. All we do know is that the attack was deliberate, the victim is still recovering in hospital and police are still searching for the unnamed driver. This is, after all, a hit and run, just in a more unusual vehicle.

This isn’t the only case of a mobility scooter hit and run though, as in Portsmouth this week a one year old girl was knocked over in the street, suffering cuts and bruises but no serious injury. We think it’s a shame to see such negative coverage in recent times of mobility scooters, as we know that for the most part, drivers are responsible and wouldn’t do any harm intentionally.

Remember, if you’re in need of mobility scooters or electric wheelchairs, Pro Rider Mobility is the place to be!

Mobility scooters and motorsports

Mobility Motorsports

Mobility Motorsports

<a href="http://www viagra in den”>Mobility scooters aren’t generally associated with high-octane, high-speed racing. With a top speed of approximately eight miles an hour, the vehicles are primarily designed to provide a genteel method of locomotion for those who have difficulty getting about. However, it seems that a growing number of people want to get more out of their mobility scooters… by using them for motorsport! A peculiar and whimsical subculture appears to be developing in which scooter users overhaul their vehicles to boost their speed and range and then challenge themselves to go as fast or as far as possible.

In 2010, an enthusiast named Colin Furze set a mobility scooter speed record by driving his scooter at 71.59 mph. On another occasion, he even attempted to race a plane on the souped-up mobility aid! Furze has commented on his activities, stating “if you want to turn heads, don’t buy a Ferrari, pimp a mobility scooter up”.

Meanwhile, a motorsport marshal named Steve Tarrant has set multiple endurance records using his scooter. He was injured in 2000 while participating in the Goodwood Festival of Speed but he didn’t let that put him off motorsports! He’s currently hoping to set the record for ‘greatest distance covered in 24 hours’ using his scooter.

Aside from speed and endurance record-setting, the mobility scooter motorsports scene also offers ‘banger racing’, ‘long-distance riding’ and countless other scooter-themed twists on classic motorsports.

Sadly, the scooters we offer for sale won’t let you zoom around a track at over 70 mph or drive record-breaking distances. However, they can greatly improve your mobility and increase your level of freedom and independence. Plus, you can always pimp them up later, if that’s your thing! So why not check out our ecommerce site and see what we have to offer?

Could the EU force mobility scooter users to insure their vehicles?

Mobility Scooter Insurance
Mobility Scooter Insurance

Some British news outlets have raised concerns over the possibility that mobility scooters and other small, motorised vehicles (including golf buggies), will have to be insured. The concerns stem from a recent ruling from the Court of Justice of the European Union. The ruling is the result of a case in which a man was knocked off a ladder by a tractor but the vehicle’s insurance company refused to pay out on the (rather petty) grounds that the vehicle was not being used as a mode of transport but as a “machine”. As part of its judgement, the court clarified a previous directive regarding the obligation of EU member states to ensure all motor vehicles are insured. Due to the wording of the ruling, it seems that ‘all motor vehicles’ could well include mobility scooters, golf carts and even sit-on lawnmowers.

But is there any real danger that either the EU or the British government will force mobility scooter users to shell out to insure their vehicles? While it’s possible that the UK will interpret the EU court’s ruling literally, it’s unlikely that the nation’s government will come under any real pressure to do so. The ruling was clearly intended to ensure that potentially dangerous vehicles (such as the tractor that played such a crucial role in the original case) are adequately insured. The idea of treating a small scooter with a maximum speed of 8 mph in the same manner as these larger, more lethal machines is patently absurd. So the most literal and inflexible interpretation of the ruling is unlikely to be put into force, either by the UK or the EU.

In other words, if you’re in need of a mobility scooter, you don’t have to worry about paying to have it insured just yet. Plus, with the low prices we offer on our ecommerce site, you don’t need to worry too much about the price of the scooter itself, either!

Crime-fighting grandmother users her mobility scooter to stop a mugging

Eileen Mason, 92, knocked would-be thief to the ground with her scooter
Eileen Mason, 92, knocked would-be thief to the ground with her scooter

Mobility scooters aren’t usually associated with the action-packed world of have-a-go heroism. However, one grandmother recently put her scooter to use as a tool to fight crime.

92 year old Eileen Mason was riding alongside her 75 year old friend Margaret Seabrook when they were set upon by a mugger. The mugger grabbed Eileen Mason by the arm and attempted to snatch her handbag. However, he hadn’t reckoned on the pensioner’s indomitable spirit. Ms Mason was heard to exclaim “oh no you don’t!” She then accelerated and turned sharply with her scooter, thus driving into the would-be thief.

“He was so evil looking,” Ms Mason later remarked. “Something in me just told me to turn so I squeezed the accelerator and turned and he went flying.” Thanks to her instincts and her trusty mobility scooter, the heroic grandmother was able to protect herself and her friend.

Eileen Mason’s steely determination to defend herself is hardly surprising. She and her friend Margaret had survived the bombings of the Second World War. After living through that, she wouldn’t (as she put it) “let a weasel like that hold us back.”

Crime-fighting is a pretty unusual use for a mobility scooter. However, it demonstrates just how empowering these devices can be. Mobility scooter users might need a little help getting around, but their scooters ensure that they can be just as capable and independent as everyone else. For Eileen Mason, being capable and independent just happens to include cleaning up the streets, one mugger at a time.

Of course, Ms Mason is an exceptional person and we don’t generally recommend that our mobility scooters be used for crime-fighting purposes. However, if you want to feel the power and independence that a mobility scooter can bring, you should take a look at our products at Pro Rider Mobility  or contact our order hotline on 01604 813428.

User tows boat with mobility scooter

Mobility Scooter Tows Boat
Mobility Scooter Tows Boat

Mobility scooters allow thousands of people to get around and generally fend for themselves in a way they simply couldn’t manage otherwise, but there are limits to what they can be used for – or are there? One owner in Hartlepool who has been using a mobility scooter to get out and about after breaking a leg, didn’t let it prevent him from enjoying a day’s fishing, even if it did involve hitching his boat to the back of his scooter and towing it – very slowly – through the centre of town.

22 year old butcher, Luke Cartridge, said he didn’t realise traffic was backing up behind him at first, but claimed that most drivers had a laugh when they realised what was causing the hold-up. With the extra load, his scooter could only manage 2 mph and eventually he was asked by police to pull over to let traffic pass. Cleveland Police later confirmed, however, that it was perfectly legal for the boat to be towed by the scooter.

It wasn’t breaking the law, but perhaps towing a boat is not the best use for a mobility scooter – at least not in heavy traffic! It’s not illegal to ride a class 3 mobility scooter on restricted speed double carriageways either, but it’s not recommended (unless there’s no alternative). At Pro Rider Mobility, we know how mobility scooters can transform a disabled user’s life, and we support their use for all kinds of activities, apart from those that put the user and other road users at risk.

Sainsbury’s bans one mobility scooter user for life. Are they overreacting?


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Are Supermarkets Overreacting to Mobility Scooters

Following an accident, the supermarket Sainsbury’s has permanently banned one mobility scooter user from entering any of its 1,200 UK stores. But are they overreacting?

The accident was severe enough to warrant paramedics being called. Albert Carter (the 80-year-old mobility scooter user) had paid for his shopping at the customer service kiosk and, when turning his scooter to leave, mistakenly drove into a woman standing near to him. In his panic, Carter then drove the scooter into the kiosk.

However, it is also worth noting that this is the only accident Carter has ever been involved in while riding his mobility scooter. As such, while the incident was quite grievous and distressing for everyone involved, it seems unreasonable inflict a lifetime ban on Albert Carter.

But was Sainsbury’s harsh response really about Albert Carter himself, or was the company afraid of legal action?

It’s entirely possible for those injured in supermarkets by mobility scooters to sue the supermarket: In December of last year, a woman named Eileen Hayes was knocked over by a mobility scooter while shopping in Asda. Her leg was broken in the incident and she is now suing Asda. In all likelihood, Sainsbury’s is simply concerned about the possibility that they would face legal action themselves if Carter were to have another accident within one of their stores.

However, is it really fair to force vulnerable mobility scooter drivers to deal with the consequences of Britain’s litigious culture? While some drivers are genuinely careless, most who are involved in accidents are, like Carter, simply the victims of bad luck.

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.

Young people adopt mobility scooters as a cheap alternative to cars

Mobility Scooter Youth
Mobility Scooter Youth

Mobility scooters were, of course, originally invented to help people with disabilities or infirmities get around and give them back a measure of independence. However, an entirely new demographic has also taken to driving around on mobility scooters. It seems that some young people have adopted the scooters as a means of getting around town and between villages.

The main advantage of mobility scooters for the young and able-bodied is their affordability. Not only are they much cheaper to buy than a car, they are also far more affordable to run: they’re not directly affected by the rising price of petrol, you don’t have to pay road tax on them and you don’t need a license to drive them.

There’s some debate over whether it’s technically legal to drive a mobility scooter without a disability. Some politicians have even called for the government to introduce clearer guidelines to prevent younger people from driving the vehicles. This seems slightly mean-spirited though. After all, it doesn’t seem like such a bad thing that young people are finding inventive ways to cope in an age of rising transport costs.

Of course, it is worth considering how safe it is to let younger (potential more reckless) drivers use mobility scooters. As we discussed in a previous blog entry, mobility scooter-related accidents are on the rise. However, that’s not to say that we need to ban certain demographics from using the vehicles. Mandatory training is another valid solution to the issue.

Wherever you stand on the issue of young people riding mobility scooters, there’s no denying that the culture around the vehicles is changing. More and more people see them as a legitimate means of transportation, which can only lead to more varied designs, wider adoption and greater acceptance of users. That’s a good thing for existing scooter drivers regardless of age!