I go on my Mobility Scooter?
Basically all mobility scooters can be
driven with care on any pavements and public pathways.
However, the larger mobility scooters that go at 8 miles
per hour are legally allowed on the roads. Though we do
suggest that you exercise caution when using the roads
and only do it when you need to!
Please read to the end of this section
if you would like to read the official Highway Authority
wording on where you can use your mobility scooter.
The whole point of having a mobility scooter or a powerchair is to enable
you to live your life to the same quality as you did when your mobility
wasn't such a problem.
When you go shopping look out for places
that have good access for wheelchairs that will suit you
on your mobility scooter too! In fact as of October 2004
it is a legal requirement for shops, hotels, cafes, in
fact anywhere that the general public want to go, to have
disability access, which is fantastic news for all you
mobility scooter-users out there!
On sunny days there is nothing better than getting out in the fresh air
on your mobility scooter. A handy hint when you are trying to decide
where to go for a ride round is to find places that have good cycle-paths.
If a place is good for bikes then it will be great for your mobility
scooter! As more people are getting mobility scooters places of attraction
are taking scooter-users needs more seriously. If you are at all worried
about using your mobility scooter somewhere then you can always ring
ahead and check that you will be ok.
Another place you can ring is the Tourist
Information Centre. Tell them you have a mobility scooter
and ask them what they would suggest. They are usually
Enjoying your mobility scooter!
Mobility scooters are designed to enhance the quality of your life. They
can give you back the precious freedom that you maybe in danger of
losing. Once you have made the decision to buy a scooter (that is the
biggest step) enjoy it!
CLASS 2 MOBILITY SCOOTERS
Legally these scooters can travel up to
6.4kph (4mph) on pavements and are allowed on the road
to cross from one side of the road to the other. In other
words anywhere you are permitted to travel on foot. This
category includes any 4 mph mobility scooter and travel
CLASS 3 MOBILITY SCOOTERS
The main difference between Class 3 and
Class 2 vehicles is that Class 3 vehicles tend to be larger
and can be used on the roads where they can travel up to
12.8kph (8mph). It is usually possible to drive at 6.4
kph (4mph) and switch to 12.8kph (8mph).
Class 3 vehicle users do not require a
driving license but should obey the Highway Code at all
times. This includes complying with relevant eyesight requirements
and not driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs etc.
Class 3 vehicles are not allowed on motorways,
bicycle tracks or bus/cycle lanes. Although legally allowed
on dual carriageways, with a compliant size, flashing beacon,
this is not recommended.
Our experience tells us that the use of
a mobility scooter on a road should be avoided wherever
Most class 3-mobility scooters have two
speed settings, usually changed by a switch.
12.8kph - 8mph maximum speed
Permitted only on the road. Not for use on the pavement or footpath.
6.4kph - 4mph maximum speed
Permitted on the pavement or footpath.
The law requires all class 3 vehicles
to be fitted with Lights, indicators, horn, rear view mirror,
rear reflectors and a manual handbrake. A flashing beacon
can be used when driving on the road to warn other road
users of their presence, and must be used if driving on
a dual carriageway.
Insurance is not legally required for
any powered vehicle in any category, Class 2 for pavement
use or Class 3 for pavement and road use. However, it is
recommended that the purchaser have at least 3rd party/public
liability Insurance, covering accidental damage to other
people and property. Remember, no matter how good a driver
you are, accidents happen!
Do I need Mobility Scooter Insurance?
Currently there is no legal requirement for you to insure
your mobility scooter in the same way that there is for
anyone who drives a car. However, bad luck can happen to
anybody and we feel that it is sensible to take steps to
make sure that you are covered should you be unlucky enough
to have an accident or become the victim of a crime.
Insuring your mobility scooter or powerchair against theft,
accidental damage and having some third party liability
to cover you should you cause any damage or injury to someone
else, whilst you are using your mobility scooter, or powerchair,
can be very in expensive, probably much less than you would
pay to insure a car!
Mark Bates Ltd is a specialist mobility insurer and they
have very many years experience in dealing with all aspects
of mobility liabilities.
We have been working with them for over 10 years and have
found them to be very customer focused in their approach
to our mutual customers and they have proved themselves
to be extremely even handed in their approach to any claims
Do I need road tax for my mobility scooter?
No. At this time there is no requirement for you to have
any "road tax" in the same way that you do with a car.
You do however have some obligations and restrictions in
relation to where you can use you mobility scooter. Click
below for more detail.
Where do I store my Mobility Scooter?
People store their mobility scooters in all kinds of places.
Some keep their scooter in the luxury of the living room
or kitchen and many people store them in the hallway. Others
keep them under a cover at the front of the house.
The best place to store your mobility scooter really is
an outdoor shed or garage. Ideally your storage place should
be large enough for you to drive into and get off the scoter,
even better if you have enough space to turn around so
that you are facing the right direction the next time you
want to go out.
The main thing is that the facility is dry and protected
from extreme cold and heat.
Also, you will need to think about a power supply so that
you can charge your mobility scooter. Ideally, you would
have a power point in your garage or shed so that you can
plug it in to charge after you have used it. That way it
will be full of power and ready to use the next time you
Many people who do not have access to a garage or shed
will keep their mobility scooter under a cover. These covers
are great if you have limited space and need to store your
scooter close to your home. If necessary, power can be
fed via an extension lead to the scooter when it is safe
to do so.