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TGA's safe driving course to feature at QEF's Mobility Open Day

1st October, 2019

In support of the Mobility Open Day that’s being hosted by Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People (QEF) in October, TGA will be providing its renowned mobility scooter test drive course for locals to understand the latest products and current safe driving advice.

The TGA test drive course will encompass a range of obstacles which simulate everyday scenarios for scooter users such as road crossings, kerbs and parking. Experienced TGA advisors will be on hand to explain many aspects of road safety and the classification of mobility scooters.

A range of latest TGA scooters will be available to test and compare, including compact products that are designed for transportability through to larger 8mph models for rural independence.

The QEF is one of the nationwide driving assessment centres accredited by the charity Driving Mobility. One of the UK’s largest providers of mobility advice and support for people with disabilities and age-related impairments, QEF provides a wide range of services focused on helping people of all ages become mobile and independent. The foundation’s mobility centre is also endorsed by the Department for Transport, the DVLA and Motability.  

“We are delighted that TGA is supporting our Open Day as their mobility scooter test drive course adds an important dimension to our event,” Michelle Giles, QEF Mobility Centre Manager says. “Our occupational therapists will be able to work closely with TGA, delivering qualified information regarding scooters and how appropriate products will provide independent mobility.

“Our Open Day will demonstrate all the latest choices for people with restricted mobility, no matter their age, from Bugzi powered wheelchairs for young children to accessible public transport, support for air travel through to driving an adapted vehicle – all in one location. A hands-on opportunity not to be missed."

QEF is also part of the new transport hub project funded by the Department for Transport, offering face-to-face advice and information on accessible transport options for people who no longer drive; helping to keep people mobile and connected with their community. Advice on flying with a disability is a particular speciality at QEF Mobility Services, with its Tryb4uFly service and onsite airplane cabin. Free introductory assessments for this, as well as vehicle adaptations, mobility scooters and wheelchairs for children and adults will be available on the day, along with the opportunity to experience driving an adapted car on QEF’s private track. 

All assessments need to be pre-booked by emailing mobility@qef.org.uk. TGA will be providing its test drive course as part of QEF’s Mobility Open Day event and offers a unique opportunity to discover more about mobility scooters in terms of appropriateness and social inclusion.

In addition to experiencing the TGA test drive course, visitors will benefit from the opportunity to:

  • Safely test drive and compare adapted vehicles around the private QEF track
    with a qualified instructor. Open to everyone aged 15+ as part of the 'Get Going Live' feature
  • Receive assessments for vehicle seating, wheelchairs, powerchairs and mobility scooters
  • Gain specialist child car seat advice
  • Understand more about flying with a disability through the Tryb4uFly service
  • Discover the latest information on the Motability scheme

Where will it take place?

QEF Mobility Services, 1 Metcalfe Avenue, Carshalton, Surrey, SM5 4AW

When?

Wednesday 9th October, 10am – 4pm