A Scottish health group took over Arbroath to organise a wacky race for mobility scooter users in the area. Arbroath chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) group funded the event which aimed to improve driving skills.
Mobility scooters whizzed around the track and drivers pitted their wits against each other, but speeds didn’t exceed 10mph! This was the first event of its kind which featured learner driving training, wacky races and time trials. The event also helped to highlight the impact a mobility aid can have on people who may feel that they are trapped indoors.
“Many disabled people and many elderly people are trapped in their homes due to limited mobility and have to rely on friends and relatives to take them out.”
Donald Downie, who is a member of the COPD group, organised the event to help local disabled and elderly people improve their skills and road safety knowledge.
He said: “It was an opportunity for people who have been considering whether or not to buy a scooter to come along and try one out in a controlled environment with no hazards and to have a go in some fun events on a course designed for mobility scooter users.
“Many disabled people and many elderly people are trapped in their homes due to limited mobility and have to rely on friends and relatives to take them out.
“For many, loneliness is a huge problem.
“In addition there are an ever-increasing number of mobility scooters on the road, some of which are driven badly due to the lack of knowledge and training of the users.”
The Arbroath wacky races also managed to raise funds for COPD Awareness Charity which affects over 100,000 people in Scotland.