We always encourage our Quingo scooter users to get out and about on their 5 wheel scooters, and in this blogpost we’ll take a look at accessibility in some of UK’s favourite historical properties.
The National Trust is an organisation committed to developing and promoting access solutions in their properties. We know our customers enjoy visiting National Trust sites, so we’ve provided some information about accessibility in National Trust properties, and what you should check before you travel.
Basic Access at National Trust Properties
Wherever possible the Trust admits scooter users into their historic buildings.
According to the BBC, around 80,000 mobility scooters are sold every year in the UK, and the fact that this number is increasing means that the issue of vehicles blocking pavements is a problem that’s recently drawn greater attention in the media.
Police say it’s the responsibility of councils to deal with vehicles that are parked on the pavement, and that parking on the pavement is only illegal if there’s a ‘dangerous obstruction on the public highway.’
However, the problem of having to navigate around parked cars has clearly become a nuisance to Mr Bachini.
The majority of modern tram services in the UK have developed high levels of access. Much like buses, tram companies are not obliged by law to carry mobility scooters, but some will if they meet specific criteria.
Currently, of the six tram operators only some carry a permit scheme, so you should always check the specific details with the individual operators.
It’s not always possible, or desirable to book your journey in advance and you may prefer to organise this yourself. If this applies to you, here are some key points to consider before you start your journey:
As with travelling by bus, your scooter must be Class 2 type and meet certain size limits.