There are around 330,000 users in the UK for whom mobility scooters provide a lifeline to the outside world giving them their freedom and independence. With models ranging from the 4mph class 2 up to the 8mph class 3, these machines can be difficult to manoeuvre and so accidents do happen.
Here is a list of things you need to know when using a mobility scooter on the road.
• Mobility Scooters that can be used on the road are known as a Class 3 ‘invalid carriage’.
• On the road scooters can travel at a maximum speed of 8mph.
• If used on footpaths, the maximum speed is 4mph.
• A class 3 vehicle must be registered with the DVLA.
• For a class 3 vehicle you need to have a tax disc, but this is free of charge.
• You have to be at least 14 years old to drive a Class 3 mobility scooter.
• If you are using the road, follow the rules that other road users follow. This means road signs and traffic lights. Use your mobility scooter’s lights, indicators, and horn.
• Take other road users and pedestrians into account.
• Never drive your mobility scooter on the motorway.
• Insurance is not required for mobility scooters, but it is recommended.
• You do not need to pass a driving test to use a mobility scooter on the road or pavement.
• Keep your scooter roadworthy and well maintained.
• If you have a Class 3 mobility scooter, use the pavement if possible.
• If you are using the pavement, follow the rules that other pedestrians follow (or should follow).
• Pedestrians have priority. Remember not all pedestrians will see you. People with a sight or hearing impairment or other elderly or disabled people might not be aware you are there, and they may not move out of your way.
If you want more information on the specific models of mobility scooters we at Discount Mobility can offer, you will find a selection in our shop site www.discount-mobility.co.uk or you can phone us on 01245 905144 and talk to us about your needs.