Lisa Bainbridge
20th January 2020

Are Mobility Scooters allowed on the Road?

Here at Change Mobility we are often asked if Mobility Scooters are allowed on the Road. There are a number of our showroom stock that can be driven on the road in the UK if they meet certain criteria, our Mobility Advisers will be able to assist you in finding the correct scooter.

In the first instance, mobility scooters and powered wheelchairs are classified in two categories:

  • ‘class 2 invalid carriages’ – these cannot be used on the road (except where there is not a pavement) and have a maximum speed of 4mph
  • ‘class 3 invalid carriages’ – these can be used on the road and have a maximum speed of 4 mph off the road, and 8 mph on the road

The Class 3 mobility scooter is eligible to be driven on the road and must meet the following criteria:

  • a maximum unladen weight of 150kg (not including the operator)
  • a maximum width of 0.85 metres
  • a device to limit its speed to 4mph
  • a maximum speed of 8mph
  • an efficient braking system
  • front and rear lights and reflectors
  • direction indicators able to operate as a hazard warning signal
  • an audible horn
  • a rear view mirror
  • an amber flashing light if it’s used on a dual carriageway

Driving your mobility scooter on the road

When driving on the road you must abide by the highway code observing road signs and traffic lights plus you cannot drive on bus lanes, ‘cycle only’ lanes or motorways. It is advisable to avoid using dual carriageways with a speed limit of over 50mph. Plus if you are using the scooter on a dual carriageway the amber flashing light must be used for visibility and safety for other road users. You should use the scooters features such as lights, indicators and horn as and when required to ensure highway safety for all road and pavement users.

Driving your mobility scooter on footpaths and pavement areas

Where possible a scooter should generally be used on footpaths and pavements to the maximum speed of 4 mph, remembering that pedestrians have priority in all circumstances.  You must ensure vigilance for pedestrians that may have sight or hearing impairments, along with elderly or disabled people.  Additionally, a scooter should not be left unattended on a footpath or pavement area to ensure it does not inhibit other users.

Taxing your mobility scooter with the DVLA

All class 3 invalid carriages / mobility scooters require to be registered with the DVLA.  This registration is free of charge.  You are unable to obtain this from the Post Office like larger vehicles and should post this to the DVLA. Change Mobility staff can assist you with completing this when you purchase your scooter if necessary and provide the necessary V55/4 documentation.

Other things to consider before driving a mobility scooter on the road, is that your vision is able to read a car number plate from a distance of 12.3 metres or 40 feet. This should be checked regularly and if you require spectacles to do this, they must be used when operating the scooter. Additionally,  it is not essential but would be recommended to obtain insurance for your scooter, not only are they valuable in terms of cost but also for ensuring your mobility and independence. We again at Change Mobility, can advise on where to obtain insurance from reputable companies associated with mobility scooters.

Mobility scooters worth considering for road use that Change Mobility stock include, Scooterpac Cabin Car, Vita, Kymco Agility, or Mallard.

Further information can be sourced from the below websites:

DVLA

BHTA Flyer

If you wish to discuss your requirements further do not hesitate to contact us on 01423 500666 or visit our shop on Kings Road, Harrogate.

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