The biggest problem that concerns mobility scooters and public trains lies in the design of the scooter. Mobility scooters are designed to allow people with special mobility needs to get around indoors and outdoors without having to walk or use public or private transportation. They aren’t designed to be carried by public transport vehicles because they’re rather bulky and are a challenge to manoeuvre.
Another problem is that mobility scooters can sometimes tip backwards on ramps, which is a major safety hazard not only for the scooter user, but also to other passengers who find themselves queued behind the tipping scooter. Furthermore, scooters’ maximum weight is heavier than ramps’ safe working load.
Current access standards don’t require trains to make provisions or adaptations for scooters. The decision lies with the individual train operating companies. If you rely on a mobility scooter and need to travel by rail, it’s best to contact the operators directly to find out whether they’ve been fitted to be mobility scooter-friendly. If you require assistance you are advised to give train operators at least 24 hours notice.
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