Revolutionary Jewish law compliant TGA Shabbat mobility scooter makes a huge difference to Albert’s life
92-year-old Albert Rosenberg from North West London is a remarkable character whose life has been transformed since owning a new Halachically authorised mobility scooter that can be driven during Shabbat and Jewish holidays.
Albert is amazing for his age however he still unfortunately lives with restrictive mobility and needed a scooter to help him visit his local Synagogue. Nevertheless, due to Jewish law he was not allowed to use a mobility scooter until he discovered the Shabbat controller from TGA. Many of TGA Mobility’s models including Albert’s Superlight, are engineered in Israel by the leading specialist – Afikim Electric Vehicles. Operating from within a Kibbutz since 1987, the quality of its products is renowned worldwide and the Shabbat controller reflects its ethos for innovation, technical excellence and ultimately hassle-free independence for the end user.
Halachically authorised and certified by Zomet, scooters with the Shabbat controller are the only electronically powered mobility products permitted to be driven by elderly and disabled Jewish individuals on Shabbat and holidays. When Albert activates his Shabbat controller it utilises a separate circuit board, which results in steady acceleration with no throttle lever activation required by the user. This initial process is considered an ‘indirect action’ and because the motor relay circuit was changed whilst in Shabbat mode, varying the voltage to the motor by the throttle lever and hence altering speed during motion, is not considered a violation of the Shabbat principle. The Shabbat controller is also used for turning the scooter on or off and for changing direction.
Albert enjoys life so much more now as he has improved independence and the ability to visit the Synagogue. He comments: “I think this Shabbat controller is fantastic and I would recommend it all fellow people in the Jewish community who need assistance with mobility. Being able to venture outside my home is so important especially with peace of mind both in terms of my faith and scooter reliability and I would like to thank TGA for helping me in both respect.”
Daniel Stone, TGA Managing Director comments: “TGA and our Israeli partners Afikim have invested extensive R&D in the Shabbat controller to ensure it complies with Orthodox Jewish Law. Albert is one of numerous individuals who have benefited from the Shabbat controller since its launch last year and we are pleased to have satisfied Halacha whilst continuing to meet the growing need for independence.”