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Minnie_B
Minnie_B Community member Posts: 3 Listener
edited May 19 in Transport and travel

I'm getting pretty irritated at holiday companies at the moment. I am a very slow walker since my stroke. As a result of a couple of bad experiences on a previous holiday (tour guide coming to search for me because I was late back to the coach), I invested in a lightweight, fully folding mobility scooter to ensure I could keep up with tours in the times allowed. I then found that a lot of the tour companies will not entertain you on any trips unless you are able to lift the scooter on/off any transport yourself. Whilst I probably can do this in most scenarios, I can't guarantee it. It is (I'm told) to do with health & safety issues regarding the drivers/tour guides. They are quite content to lift luggage (23 kilos average) on and off a bus, but not a folded scooter weighing (in my case) 17 kilos (15 if I remove the battery) . How are these companies allowed to make this stipulation and get away with it? Wouldn't it be better to put a weight/size limit in place? I am now effectively banned from using some major tour companies (one of which specialises in tours for more 'senior' customers) unless I lie about my physical abilities.

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