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Duration: 50 minutes

With around 330,000 mobility scooters on our roads and pavements, Britain has more mobility scooters than any other country in Europe - and the numbers are growing fast.

For owners, scooters are a lifeline offering freedom and independence, but for some road users they can cause chaos. The number of accidents with mobility scooter drivers is increasing and there's very little regulation as mobility scooter drivers don't need to pass a proficiency test and insurance is not compulsory. Even being registered blind doesn't legally stop you being allowed to drive one.

With access to South Yorkshire Police's mobility scooter driving school, this warm-hearted, engaging and informative documentary follows the lives of scooter users in South Yorkshire, Derbyshire and North Wales. We meet those living their twilight years to the full with the help of a four-wheeled friend and also hear the stories of those who have fallen foul of the mobility scooter phenomenon.

With ailing health a common theme, the documentary is as much about mortality as it is mobility.

Last on

Thu 14 Aug 2014 00:50 BBC Two Scotland only


Tom Williams
Tom Williams
Executive Producer
Cat Lewis


  • Wed 18 Jun 2014 22:45 BBC One except Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland HD, Scotland, Scotland HD, Wales, Wales HD

  • Wed 18 Jun 2014 23:15 BBC One Wales, Wales HD only

  • Wed 18 Jun 2014 23:45 BBC One Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland HD, Scotland, Scotland HD only

BBC News: Campaigners plea for mobility scooter training

BBC News: Campaigners plea for mobility scooter training

Campaigners call for more legislation, a fit-to-drive test and better training for users.

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