The current situation cannot continue for the following reasons:
• Scooters have recently caused damage to tram vehicles
• Larger scooters cannot park in the designated space or in the direction of travel (which is preferred for safety reasons)
• Larger scooters block the doors and would cause a hazard in case of an emergency
• At times of disruption passengers may need to complete their journey by bus which will only accept scooters of a certain size.
A code of use for scooters, developed by the Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT), has recently been adopted by South Yorkshire’s largest bus operators. This has led to changes in the way that operators allow scooters onto low floor buses. Supertram, who is also a member of the CPT, will adopt the principles of the code alongside the bus operators. Only passengers who hold a ‘Local Bus Scooter Permit’ will be allowed access to the Supertram network when using their mobility scooter.
What does this mean?
Local Bus Scooter Permits are part of the Confederation of Passenger Transport’s ‘Code for the use and acceptance of Mobility Scooters on low floor buses’. This is a national scheme that has recently been launched in South Yorkshire.
The requirements of this code are also to be applied to the Supertram network and are as follows:
• Class 2* scooters with 3 or 4 wheels will be accepted provided they are no more than 600mm wide and 1000mm long, with a turning radius not exceeding 1200mm;
• The weight of the scooter plus occupant must not exceed 300kg (47 Stone). ‘Class 2’ scooters generally weigh approximately 65kg (10 Stone), leaving 235kh (37 Stone) allowance for the occupant.
• The scooter must have been assessed and approved as suitable for carriage. This approval covers both the design of the scooter and the ability of the user to control and manoeuvre it safely.
It is generally more difficult to manoeuvre a scooter onto a bus and the size limitations are more restrictive. Therefore, to ensure that scooters are acceptable on both buses and tram, the assessments referred to will only be carried out by First and Stagecoach (Bus).
Anyone wishing to apply for a permit will need to contact the appropriate operator.
*A Class 2 scooter is one constructed or adapted to be incapable of a speed of more than 4mph.