Age UK and Quingo raise the bar for scooter safety
Published on 27 June 2013 10:30 AM
Age UK working with Quingo are raising the bar for mobility scooter customers by launching their new driver safety check, a free safety assessment with every test drive of their exclusive 5 wheel scooter range.
It will officially be launched at the annual Mobility Roadshow in Telford today. In the last five years the number of mobility scooters in use has increased by on average 50,000 each year ii. There is an estimated 300,000 mobility scooters in use in Britain. With an ageing population the demand for mobility vehicles is likely to increase. This is why Age UK, the national charity for older people has teamed up with Quingo, leading scooter specialists to promote safe, comfortable and confident scooter use.
Together, Age UK and Quingo, in line with Department for Transport guidelines have devised the ‘Blue Diamond Driver Check'. It includes a sight and capability assessment in line with the checklist set by Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) to help build vehicle handling skills and confidence. The checks are offered as standard with every test drive of the Quingo range and again on delivery.
Helena King, Head of Affinity at Age UK, said: "Our aim is that the ‘Blue Diamond' will become a recognisable symbol for safe scooter drivers and general mobility safety. We elected to partner with Quingo because they offer a uniquely safe product and share our commitment to scooter safety and quality. It is important that people are sold the right vehicle to match their needs and they are given this level of care to ensure safety."
Mark Nicholls, Managing Director of Forever Active, the UK's exclusive distributor of Quingo said: "We are thrilled to be working with Age UK. The innovative design of the 5 wheel Quingo offers vastly enhanced stability, agility and comfort to its user. These are all extremely important factors for people with chronic mobility restrictions who wish to remain independent. We know from our customer satisfaction surveys that customers feel safe and stable with Quingo and when they are confident, they actually use the scooter more, something we are very happy about."
"For more information or to book an appointment people can call 0800 023 2577 or visit www.quingoscooters.com or www.ageuk.org.uk/scooters"
For more information on Age UK, please call Valery Lawrence in the Age UK Media Team on 020 3033 1427 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Age UK is the new force combining Age Concern and Help the Aged, dedicated to improving later life.
We provide free information, advice and support to over six million people; commercial products and services to well over one million customers; and research and campaign on the issues that matter to people in later life. Our work focuses on five key areas: money matters, health and well being, home and care, work and training and leisure and lifestyle. We work with our national partners, Age Scotland, Age Cymru and Age NI (together the Age UK Family), our local Age UK partners in England and local Age Concerns. We also work internationally for people in later life as a member of the DEC and with our sister charity Help Age International.
Age UK is a charitable company limited by guarantee and registered in England (registered charity number 1128267 and company number 6825798). Age Concern England and Help the Aged (both registered charities), and their trading and other associated companies merged on the 1st April 2009. Together they have formed the Age UK Group ("we"). Charitable services are offered through Age UK and commercial products are offered by the Charity's trading companies, which donate their net profits to Age UK (the Charity).
References to Age UK, mean Age UK Trading Limited, a wholly owned training subsidiary of Age UK (charity number 1128267). All Quingo scooter models are provided by Forever Active, the UK's exclusive Quingo scooter distributor. Forever Actove is a trading name of Advantage Marketing Corporation Limited (AMC) AMC works in collaboration with Age UK Trading Limited and will raise a minimum of £100,000 during 2013/14 for Age UK Trading Limited via the sale of Quingo scooters. Age UK Trading Limited donates its net profits to Age UK. AMC Limited is an appointed representative of First Sentor Insurance Services Ltd and is a company incorporated and registered in England and Wales with company number 03449882 whose registered office is at St Giles House, 15/21 Victoria Road, Bletchley, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK2 2NG.