Mobility scooters on UK roads.
Before starting out, here is a list of information you need to know when using a mobility scooter on the road.
Are you aware that the only types of Mobility Scooters that can be used on the UK roads are known as a Class 3 ‘invalid carriage' (Road Mobility Scooter). And must be registered with the DVLA with a valid Tax Disc that is free.
The minimum age to ride a Class 3 mobility scooter is 14 years of age and you must be registered as disabled.
When ridden on the road a Class 3 road mobility scooter can travel at a maximum speed of 8mph. Remember you are not allowed to use bus or taxi lanes, motorways or cycle tracks
If a Class 3 Road Mobility Scooter is used on footpaths, you must not exceed the maximum speed currently set at 4mph.
You do not need to pass a driving test to use a mobility scooter on the road or pavement; but when driving your scooter on the road, ensure you follow the rules that other road users follow. This means road signs and traffic lights. Use your scooter's lights, indicators, and horn, and take other road users and pedestrians into account at all times.
Taking out Insurance is recommended but not required for mobility scooters, but some good reasons to take out insurance are:
1. In the event that your scooter is damaged, or stolen.
2. It will cover you if you cause an accident in your scooter, either to a pedestrian or property.
3. Everyone thinks they are a good driver, but sometimes accidents do happen.
Taking out a mobility scooter Insurance Policy can mean you keep your independence in the event of something happening to your scooter.
Are you sure a road mobility scooter is the right scooter?
Is your scooter ideal for your needs You don't want one that is too big or too small for you. Get professional advice before you buy your scooter - your doctor or occupational therapist will give you sensible, impartial advice on what you need.
Things to consider when buying your mobility scooter.
Where will you be going in your scooter....
1. Visiting Friends;
Ensure the capacity of the scooter battery will allow you to drive the distance there and back without any charge.
2. Going Shopping;
A small compact scooter that can navigate tight bends in shops would be a better choice.
3. Travel to nearby towns or villages;
Are the roads and lanes you will be travelling on be suitable for your mobility scooter.
4. Where are the places you want to visit;
Consider if you need a travel mobility scooter that will allow you to either dismantle or fold the scooter to store in a car boot for transporting to your destination. A larger class 3 mobility scooter will not allow you to do this.
5. Do you want to travel longer distances;
A larger 4 wheel mobility scooters will allow you to travel further, and will be more stable. The distance you can travel will depend on the sort of terrain you are travelling on (are you doing to go up hills) and how much weight the scooter is carrying (you and any baggage). It is not unreasonable to ask some larger heavy duty scooters to travel up to 35 miles on one charge though.
6. Where are you going to store your scooter;
Do you have a garage, or space for your scooter, or are you going to need to store it inside The more compact/travel scooters come apart into quite small pieces and can be stored in a cupboard or car boot. A larger Class 3 Road Mobility Scooter will need to be stored in a secure dry shelter to prevent it from being stolen or damaged by the weather.
7. Is it within your budget to buy 2 mobility scooters;
If your budget and storage permits you, consider buying a Class 3 road mobility scooter for travelling out and about. And a more compact travel mobility scooter you can keep in the car boot for days out and shopping.
I hope you find this article informative.