With more than 300,000 mobility scooters in the UK, more scooters are now allowed on public transport. However, finding which scooter can go on which local bus, train or tram is not so easy. Now an online search, www.rica.org.uk/content/scooters-and-powered-wheelchairs produced by Rica (1) an independent consumer research charity, can help.
A code of practice for travel (2) on buses has been developed by the Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT) (3). Scooter users are allowed on the bus if all of the following apply:
- the local bus company is running a scooter permit scheme
- the scooter is a Class 2 type and has maximum dimensions of 600mm wide and 1000mm long and a turning radius of no more than 1200mm
- the bus company has assessed you in safely using your scooter on the bus.
The CPT current list of bus companies with permit schemes are:-
- Blackpool Transport Services Ltd
- Country Bus
- Ipswich Buses
- National Express
- Nottingham City Transport
- Prentice Coaches Ltd
- Quality Line
- Reading Transport Ltd
- Southern Vectis
- Thamesdown Transport
- Transdev Blazefield
- Western Greyhound
- Wilts and Dorset
- Yellow Buses
Trains and tram travel
Rica also has a list of which scooters can be taken on trains and trams PLUS a free print guide called Public transport: a guide for older and disabled people (4) covering access on coaches, ferries, travel in London, planes and taxis for deaf, disabled and older people. The Rica guide is available online and free of charge in print and audio-cd. For a print copy, send a large (A4) self-addressed envelope with £1.10 in stamps to: Rica, G03 The Wenlock, 50-52 Wharf Road, London N1 7EU. Tel: 020 7427 2460.
For more information please contact:
Chris Lofthouse, Rica: 020 7427 2467 firstname.lastname@example.org