Model – R100 - Bush Healthcare

Model – R100 - Bush Healthcare
Model – R100
Please ensure that this manual is read and understood before using
the scooter.
KB&S - 16758
August 2013
Rev 1
Intended Use
Technical Specification
Feature Guide
Safety Advice
• Tiller angle
• Seat swivel
• Seat removal
• Seat height
• Arm width adjustment
Tiller Controls
Brake Release / Freewheel Operation
Starting to Drive
• Getting Started
• Moving Off
• Steering
• Reversing
• Ramps / Slopes
• Surfaces
• Transferring
Batteries and Battery Charger
11 - 12
• Fuses
• Check List
Further Information
Congratulations on your purchase of the ROMA Solva scooter. This scooter incorporates
the latest innovative designs. The ROMA Solva can be used in confined spaces both
indoors and out. A direct drive rear transaxle and electromagnetic brake give a safe
and efficient ride.
Intended Use
The ROMA Solva is intended for indoor or outdoor use in pedestrian areas by a single
individual with limited mobility up to a maximum weight of 136kg (21st). It is intended to
be used by those suffering from some disability or impairment which prevents a normal
level of personal mobility.
The acute manoeuvrability prohibits the use by persons who are severely physically
impaired or those who have balance difficulties. Your assessor / healthcare professional
will determine the suitability of the scooter for each individuals’ intended use.
Note: Persons with lower body amputations should not use this device unless evaluated
with artificial limbs fitted, as stability may be compromised due to an irregular centre of
Technical Specification
Class 1 Medical Device
Class 2 Indoor/Outdoor Vehicle
Overall Size
(Max to top of seat)
1060mm / 42”
540mm / 21”
860mm / 34”
Seat to floor pan
2 x 12Ah
Height (folded)
No Seat
Maximum user
Safe working slope
490mm / 19”
Backrest height
(Incl headrest)
136kg / 21st
Seat to floor
6º/ 10%
Weight with
Max. Speed
53.5kg / 117lbs
Battery charger
(off board)
Turning Radius
6kmph / 4mph
410mm / 16”
400mm / 16”
440mm / 17”
490mm / 19”
370mm / 14.5”
12km / 8m*
560mm / 22”
610mm / 24”
1.8 Amp
1040mm / 41”
65mm / 2.5”
*Passenger weight in excess of 100kg, rough ground conditions, low temperatures and
battery condition can affect maximum range.
Front Chassis – 17.5kg
Seat – 11.5kg
Rear Chassis – 16kg
Battery Pack – 8.5kg
Feature Guide
Tiller control head
Detachable swivel padded seat with fold down back
Detachable basket (Capacity 5kg)
Detachable battery box / carrier
Tiller angle adjustment hand knob
Anti-tip wheels
Puncture proof non-marking wheels
Safety Advice
Read this manual carefully before using your scooter.
Turn the power off when transferring to and from the scooter.
Select a slow speed when going down gradients (max 6°) or over uneven ground.
Keep your feet on the scooter whilst driving.
Ensure the seat is in a fixed position facing forwards before driving.
Ensure the tiller is secure.
Ensure the batteries are fully charged before your journey.
Avoid rough or soft terrain and long grass wherever possible.
Be aware of other road users and pedestrians.
Turn the power off when not in use.
Follow the maintenance guide to ensure safe operation of the scooter.
Always remove the keys if leaving the scooter unattended. Unauthorised
persons/children may use the scooter resulting in injury.
Carry passengers.
Exceed inclines over 6°.
Traverse inclines.
Attempt inclines if the surface is slippery.
Turn sharply at full speed.
Exit or enter the scooter unless the power is switched off.
Switch off the power whilst driving – this will cause the scooter to stop abruptly
(see emergency procedures – page 16).
Use the scooter where you cannot safely or legally walk.
Attempt to climb or descend kerbs except drop down kerbs.
Use the scooter if under the influence of alcohol or any medication.
Use a mobile phone whilst driving.
Attempt to negotiate steps or escalators.
Sit on the scooter if being transported in a vehicle.
Attempt to tow any other devices.
Exceed the stated weight limit.
Connect any other devices to the batteries as this could cause permanent
damage and void your warranty.
Use any other batteries/charger other than those supplied by ROMA.
Travel through water or over soft terrain (mud, sand etc.)
Lift the scooter by the shroud assembly or any plastic part.
Sharply shift your centre of gravity as this could make the scooter unstable.
Freewheel down hills. This will damage the motor and brake and void the
Tow the scooter with any other vehicle in the event of a breakdown.
Every care has been taken to ensure that your scooter will give you safe, reliable service
provided you adhere to the advice given above.
Tiller Angle Adjustment
At the bottom of the tiller stem is the angle adjustment knob. Rotate the hand knob
anticlockwise to loosen and adjust to the required angle. Re-tighten the hand knob fully
before use. DO NOT fully undo the hand knob as the internal components may become
detached from the assembly.
Seat Swivel & Slide
The seat has a lockable swivel base to allow easier transfers. Simply lift the lever and
rotate the seat at the same time. Releasing the lever will allow the seat to lock in
position. The seat locks in 45-degree intervals. Always ensure the seat is in a locked
position before mounting or dis-mounting the scooter. The seat should always be locked
facing forward whilst driving.
Seat Removal
To remove the seat, fold down the back of the seat and simply lift the seat away from
the chassis while lifting the seat swivel lever.
Do not hang baggage or other objects on the back of the seat as this may affect
Remove the seat as
battery box as shown
below. Undo the stemfixing bolt and adjust
the stem to the desired
height. Re-fit the bolt
and tighten. Re-fit the
seat as above.
Stem-fixing bolt.
The higher the seat is adjusted; stability may be affected due to the higher centre of
Arm Adjustments
On each side of the seat towards
the back there are two hand
knobs, these are to adjust the
width of the armrests or to remove
then for transport.
Turn the hand knobs anti-clockwise
to loosen. Once the knobs are
loose you will be able to adjust the
armrests in or out to the desired
comfortable width has been
achieved or remove the armrests
completely for transport.
If removing the armrests for
transport, ensure that the hand
knobs are re-tightened to avoid
them rattling loose and falling out.
Do not apply full body weight to the armrests for transferring. Lift the arm up out of the
way to transfer to another seat.
Tiller Controls
Maximum Speed Knob
The speed control enables you to set the maximum speed of the scooter. Turn clockwise
to increase the maximum speed and anti-clockwise to decrease. Always start at a slow
speed until accustomed with the characteristics of your scooter. Do not put excessive
pressure on the dial. Only turn as far as the stops.
When driving in pedestrian areas such as shopping precincts and busy pavement areas
always respect other pedestrians and turn the maximum speed down so that the
scooter travels at the walking pace of others around you.
Horn Button
The red button operates the scooters horn. This should only be used to warn others of
your presence and not as a rebuke of any form.
Finger Lever (Wig-Wag)
The finger levers control the reverse and forward motion of the scooter – see ‘Starting To
Drive’ for operation. Remember, more pressure = more speed. Release the lever and
the scooter will automatically come to a safe stop as the electromagnetic brake is
applied. Always release the lever if the scooter behaves erratically.
On/Off Key
The keyswitch is located on the front of the tiller. Simply insert the key and turn clockwise
to switch the power on. The display will light up to indicate the power is on. There may
be a slight delay before the thumb levers operate as the controller checks the scooters
circuits. Never leave the key in the switch unattended to prevent unauthorised use. Do
not switch the power off to stop the scooter unless it is an emergency. The scooter will
stop very abruptly if stopped in this way.
Battery Level Indicator Gauge
This gauge gives you a guide to the amount of charge left in the scooters batteries. This
will give the truest reading when the scooter is in motion. Always fully charge the
batteries before driving your scooter and never let the batteries become completely
drained, as this may cause permanent damage to the batteries.
Brake Release / Freewheel Operation
The brake release lever is situated at the right rear of the scooter. This lever allows you to
disengage the drive mechanism and push the scooter in ‘freewheel’ mode. To
disengage the drive, push the lever to the front of the scooter as shown in the image
below. The scooter can now be pushed.
Simply push the lever toward the rear of the scooter to re-engage the drive mechanism
(the scooter can now be driven). The scooter will not operate when the lever is in the
disengaged position. The scooter must be turned off and on by the key switch to reset
the circuits before it will resume normal operation. A 9 flash error will show if the brake is
disengaged when it is switched on.
Caution! Never leave the scooter unattended whilst in freewheel mode as it will roll
away down an incline. ‘Freewheel’ mode should only be used in an emergency to
move the scooter due to power failure. NEVER move the scooter in this mode whilst it is
occupied. NEVER tow the scooter.
When in freewheel mode the scooter may be pushed on level ground at a walking
pace. The scooter will ‘auto-brake’ if this speed is exceeded.
NEVER sit on the scooter and freewheel down a hill as this can cause permanent
damage to the motor, brake and controller due to excessive regenerative braking. As
above the scooter can only be moved at a walking pace when in freewheel mode.
Starting to Drive
Getting Started
Note: You must fully charge the batteries prior to first use (see ‘Batteries and Charging’)
Select an area with plenty of space.
Mount the scooter by lifting the arm and sliding onto the seat. Ensure the seat is securely
locked in the forward facing position before driving. Adjust the tiller and seat if
necessary (see ‘Adjustments’). DO NOT use the tiller to fully support you during transfers.
The Solva has a ‘wig – wag’
finger lever. The direction of the
scooter is determined by which
part of the lever is pushed /
pulled as outlined above. Pulling
the right side of the lever will
cause the scooter to move
forwards, the left side will select
Moving Off
Insert the key and switch on the power and initially set the speed control to a low
setting. The further you pull the lever the faster the scooter will travel, but only to the
maximum speed that has been selected. Release the lever and the scooter will come
to a smooth controlled stop.
Caution! DO NOT switch off the power to stop the scooter as this will cause the
transmission to lock and the scooter will come to a sharp stop, which could possibly
cause injury. This procedure should only be used in an emergency.
Steering the scooter is light and easy. Ensure you give obstacles a wide clearance to
avoid the rear wheels catching. When steering through limited spaces, turn the tiller in
the direction that you wish to go and apply power gently. The scooter can turn very
tightly with complete stability at slow speeds.
Caution! NEVER turn sharply at high speeds as it can make the scooter unstable. The
maximum speed should be set at 50%.
Before reversing ensure the area behind the scooter is free from any obstacles or
hazards. Adjust the speed setting to low before you reverse. Steer wide of all corners
and obstacles.
Caution! Do not reverse onto a main thoroughfare.
Ramps / Slopes
The stability of your scooter depends on several factors such as seat height, angle of
gradient and the users height and weight. When approaching an incline, do so directly
and not at an angle and avoid making turns where possible.
Your scooter will perform well over many surfaces. However, avoid long grass, loose
gravel, sand, mud and ice.
Lift up the armpad from the side you wish to leave or sit on the scooter. Use an aid for
balance if required. DO NOT use the tiller or armrests to support the full weight during
Your scooter should be stored in a dry environment, preferably a garage or shed.
Tarpaulins and covers may create condensation during certain weather conditions.
If your scooter is to be stored for prolonged periods, fully charge the batteries and
remove them from the scooter.
Very cold weather can severely deplete battery condition (up to 40%). If left for any
period during cold weather it is very important that the scooter is fully charged before
Batteries and Battery Chargers
Charge the batteries completely (approx 8 hours) prior to first use.
The ROMA Solva uses two 12Amp, 12 Volt sealed VRLA AGM batteries. The battery box is
located under the front of the seat. It can be easily removed by simply lifting by the
handle on the top.
Low temperatures, rough terrain and the weight of the user can affect battery
performance. Your battery gauge is a guide only to the level of charge remaining in
your batteries and will give its best indication while the scooter is moving.
Note: Batteries recommended by ROMA MUST be used if they need to be replaced. An
authorised ROMA dealer must carry out battery replacement.
Battery Charger
The battery charger is a 2-amp switch mode type off board. The battery charging ports
are located on the left side of the tiller head and on the front of the battery pack.
Before using your scooter for the first time be sure to fully charge the batteries, this may
take up to 12 hours.
To charge the batteries connect the 3-pin male charger plug into the charging socket
on the left side of the tiller. Plug the 3-pin mains plug into a wall socket and switch on. A
constant yellow light will show when the battery charger is connected and charging is
underway. The green LED will light when the charging cycle is complete. A red LED will
light when there is a break in the connection. Always turn off mains power to the
charger before disconnecting the plug from the battery box.
Caution! Do not charge the batteries for longer than 12 hours. Always charge the
batteries in a well-ventilated indoor area. You must still maintain charging the batteries
even if the scooter is not to be used for a prolonged period of time (2 to 3 weeks).
Failure to do so could result in permanent damage and render the batteries unusable.
Wherever possible do not interrupt the charge cycle until the batteries are fully charged.
Continual interruption can permanently damage the batteries. If the charging lead
should get damaged discontinue use immediately and seek a replacement from your
plugged into to the charger port after the charge is complete. ALWAYS remove the keys
from the scooter when charging.
Disposing and recycling of used batteries
Batteries must always be recycled correctly. Do not dispose of them with your domestic
For further information regarding your nearest recycling facility please contact your
local authority.
Tiller charging socket
Circuit Breaker
Battery box charging socket and circuit
breaker reset
The scooter can be easily and quickly dismantled into five parts for transportation and
storage. No tools are required.
Firstly remove the basket and seat as described earlier.
Remove the battery pack
Locate the release lever as shown below. The lever is sprung, lift it to the vertical position
‘A’ and while holding the seat post lift the lever upwards ‘B’ and the two parts of the
scooter will separate.
To reassemble tilt the rear part
of the scooter backwards and
locate the rear frame tube
into the frame locating lugs
(shown right). The scooter
together. Lift the release lever
to ensure that the locking
mechanism fully relocates
and that there is no debris
fouling the mechanism.
Product Life Expectancy
Your scooter has been designed to provide the user with a long, reliable life provided it
is correctly maintained and regularly serviced by an authorised dealer. However, due to
inevitable wear and tear and technological improvements it is recommended that the
average useable life of this scooter is five years.
General Cleaning
The shrouds and seat of the scooter should be cleaned using a damp cloth and gentle
detergent. Do not use abrasive cleaners or solvents, as this will damage the plastic
components. Do not spray water (hose or pressure washer) onto the scooter as this may
cause damage to the electronics.
Routine Maintenance
We suggest that your scooter should undergo a full service at least once a year by an
authorised ROMA dealer.
Please check the following on a weekly basis:
• Front wheels spin freely
• Moving parts, pivots and frame fixings are not damaged or worn
• All hand knobs and levers are secure
Your scooter is fitted with the latest in electronic controls that are programmed to
protect the electrical system from abnormal overloads.
There are two fuses on the battery cables to give protection against possible overload
on the wiring.
Check List
If your scooter fails to operate, please check the following:
• The unit is switched on.
• All plugs and connections are firmly fixed.
• Battery level shows full charge.
• Freewheeling device is in the drive position.
• Circuit breaker has not tripped.
If the freewheel device has been operated with the scooter switched on, the scooter
will not operate until the key switch has been turned off and on again.
Should a fault occur, the fault code indicator on the tiller head will indicate a flash
sequence which relates to the fault in the table below.
The controller fitted to the scooter will let you know if a system error occurs by displaying
a flash code. These codes are as follows.
Charge batteries
Bad motor
Motor short circuit.
Not used.
Not used.
Inhibit circuit
Throttle pot error.
Controller fault.
Magnetic brake
Scooter may
run slowly
Scooter will not
Scooter will not
Batteries less than 23.3v. Charge as
soon as possible.
Check all connections between the
motor and the controller.
Check all connections between the
motor and the battery.
Scooter will not
Scooter will not
Scooter will not
Check charger is not still connected
or a controller fault.
Check wig wag lever is in neutral
position. Faulty potentiometer.
Check all connections are secure.
Switch scooter on and off, this may
clear the code.
Scooter will not Check scooter is not in freewheel.
Check brake connections.
Note: Should your scooter fail to operate after checking these possible problems,
consult your local ROMA dealer immediately.
If the scooter is switched on and not operated for a period of time (approx 10 minutes) it
may enter ‘sleep’ mode. Simply switch the scooter off and on to reset the controller.
Further Information
Safety Information Regarding Electromagnetic Interference (EMI)
Scooters and powerchairs are designed to operate under certain conditions. However,
radio waves or electromagnetic fields may affect the operation of the scooter. The
source of EMI could be radio or television transmitters or portable devices such as
mobile phones, portable CB radios etc.
Should any unintentional movement occur turn the scooter off as soon as safely
Solar Energy
During periods of sunny weather, it is possible that surfaces of your scooter may reach
high temperatures (as with motor vehicles). Please take precautions if leaving the
scooter in direct sunlight for any period of time. Seek shade or cover the seat and hand
controls to keep any temperature increases to a minimum.
Health Factors
Suitability for this product has been assessed on the user’s current state of health. It is
essential that the user regularly monitor their ability to use the scooter safely.
General Use
Take heed of the information given in this manual regarding safety and the
maintenance of your scooter. If adhered to, your scooter should give you years of
reliable mobility.
Storage and General Care
We recommend that the scooter is always stored in a dry environment such as a
garage or shed to protect the chassis and other components from corrosion. Do not
leave the scooter outside during rainstorms. If the scooter is wet, wipe with a dry cloth to
ensure there is no ingress of water into the internal components of the scooter.
During everyday use, do not use in rain showers or travel through puddles. Avoid use in
areas where the scooter could become contaminated with sand or abrasive materials.
Emergency Procedures
Should your scooter behave erratically or become unresponsive whilst driving, release
the wig-wag lever so it may return to it’s neutral position and switch off the power at the
key / switch. These procedures will stop the scooter and activate the braking system,
preventing any further uncontrolled manoeuvres.
Note: Switching the power off at the key / switch can cause the scooter to stop abruptly
and should only be used to stop the scooter during an emergency as this can damage
the drive unit.
Product Stability
Scooters and powered wheelchairs are designed to allow the user flexibility of
movement in restricted areas. Driving at maximum speed and attempting sharp turns
can create a situation where the product becomes unstable. Therefore it is essential
that the user pay attention to the guidance set out in this manual.
For maximum stability the speed setting should be set up to 50% of the maximum
available (halfway between the tortoise and the hare or just entering the red sector on
the speed indicator depending on the model.)
The main factors affecting stability are:
• Maximum speed setting
• Seat height
• User movement
• User’s manoeuvres
• Gradients or slopes
Please keep your speed to a level where you can safely stop without having to make
any erratic turns.
Do not load bags etc. on the back of the seat as this will affect the centre of gravity
and could cause instability.
Do not lean outside of the ‘footprint’ of the product, especially whilst moving.
Avoid making turns on gradients or slopes.
Driving in Pedestrian Areas
As mentioned previously, when using the scooter in pedestrian areas always lower your
maximum speed to that of the pedestrians around you. Remember the stopping
distance of your scooter and always allow enough space to stop safely to avoid
collisions with pedestrians or other objects.
Warranty Terms and Conditions
This is to certify that your Roma Medical product is warranted for a period of 12 months
from the date of original purchase. This warranty is not transferable.
The main frame has a limited lifetime warranty from manufacturing defects.
Should a defect or operating fault arise within this period the Dealer from where the
product was originally purchased should be notified immediately. Failure to register the
fault may invalidate the warranty.
The Dealer from where the product was purchased is responsible for any warranty
Roma Medical warrants that if a fault occurs within this period due to faulty
workmanship or materials that the product will be repaired (or replaced at the
Company’s discretion) free of charge.
Any unauthorised modifications will invalidate the warranty.
Parts which are subjected to normal wear and tear, accidental damage, neglect or
misuse are excluded from this warranty. Normal wear and tear includes tyres, chassis
covers, bulbs, seat coverings etc.
Component parts replaced outside this period carry a six-month warranty. (Standard
terms and conditions apply for this period).
Serial No:
Purchase Date:
Dealer Stamp
Roma Medical Aids Ltd
York Road, Bridgend Industrial Estate,
CF31 3TB
Tel: 01656 674488 Fax: 01656 674499
Roma Medical reserve the right to change specifications without prior notice
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