Tyne & Wear

Mobility scooters 'pimped up' in Whitley Bay

A man from North Shields is adding a bit of "bling" to his mobility scooter business.

Andrew Wylie, 38, runs a scooter and wheelchair sales, services and repairs business in Whitley Bay.

But now the family business of over 20 years is branching out, by stocking Harley Davidson-style mobility scooters and some custom designs of their own.

Mr Wylie said: "I'm planning on making an articulated lorry one, and maybe a Formula One racing car."

Recognising that the scooters "tend to look the same", Mr Wylie's firm TravelAbility UK started looking into sourcing something a little bit different.

He started importing the Harley Davidson-style scooters from Taiwan, and this prompted him to start working on his own customisations.

Mr Wylie said: "We ended up with a lot of accident-damaged vehicles that weren't worth repairing, so we put all the good parts together and made something for fun.

"The Land Rover is just for kids, it could be adapted to become a mobility scooter, but at the moment it's not.

Image caption One scooter is designed to look like a Jeep, and there are plans are to make a racing car and a lorry

"You could pimp it up to about 20mph, but the legal limit for a mobility scooter is 8pmh on the road and 4mph on the path."

"The Harley is a proper mobility scooter though, with a motorcycle front-end.

"It'll do a 31-mile range, 8mph on the road and you've got to tax it disabled. You don't need a licence to ride it, just a disabled tax disc.

"It's got a 110-amp hour battery, full suspension system, with a sports seat. It's imported in from Taiwan, and I've already sold one in North Shields, so you could see it out an about.

"It's for people who don't want to have something that looks disabled."

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