Are mobility scooters allowed on the road? An expert explains
Mobility scooters are allowed on the road in the UK if they meet certain requirements. These conditions are defined by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).
- A road legal mobility scooter is referred to by the DVLA as a ‘Class 3 invalid carriage’. Capabilities of a class 3 scooter are characterised as follows;
- A maximum device speed of 6.4kph (4mph) off the road.
- Capable of up to 12.8kph (8mph) on the road.
- 150kg (330pounds) maximum weight without the operator.
- Width not exceeding 0.85metres (33inches).
- An effective braking system.
- Front and rear lights as well as reflectors.
- Indicators which are also capable of operating as hazard warning signals.
- An audible horn.
- A rear view mirror.
- An amber flashing light if the operator wishes to use the vehicle on a dual carriageway.
- A scooter with the above faculties must be registered with the DVLA;
- A tax disc is required and must be displayed. Complete a V55/4 form for new vehicle, or V55/5 for a used vehicle. These forms can be obtained from the DVLA.
- Registration is free of charge.
- Note that you can't license your class 3 invalid carriage online or at a Post Office. Completed forms must be sent by post to DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1BE. You will ned to include evidence of the vehicle's age.
- There is no driving test for using a mobility scooter on the road however you must follow the Highway Code. This includes following standard driving procedure including;
- Observing road signs and traffic lights.
- Using the scooter's lights, directional indicators and horn when required.
- Taking other road users and pedestrians into consideration when manoeuvring.
- Generally you should try and use your scooter on the pavement where at all possible.
- When operating the vehicle on footpaths and pedestrian areas, follow the rules that other pavement users follow.
- Pedestrians have priority in all circumstances. Bear in mind that some pedestrians may not see or hear you. Be particularly vigilant of those with sight/hearing impairments, elderly or disabled people. They may not be aware you are there and therefore may not move out of your way.
- A ‘class 3 invalid carriage’ is prohibited from travelling in the following;
- Bus lanes
- ‘Cycle only’ lanes.
- Dual carriageways with a speed limit of over 80kph (50mph).
- All normal parking restrictions apply to mobility scooters and powered wheelchairs.
- The vehicle should not be left unattended in a pedestrian area or on a footpath if it gets in the way of other pedestrians, including wheelchair users and people with prams or pushchairs.
- The vehicle should be in roadworthy condition and regularly serviced and maintained.
- Insurance, whilst not required by law, is highly recommended.
- You should be able to read a car's number plate from a distance of 12.3metres (40feet).
- You must check regularly that you can still do this.
- If you require spectacles to do so, these must be worn when operating the vehicle.
- Note that if you have a collision and poor eyesight is part of the cause you may be liable to pay compensation.
- Requirements for using a mobility scooter are as follows;
- You are aged 14 years or over.
- You have difficulty walking because of injury, physical impairment or a medical condition.
- Those demonstrating the vehicle before sale, training an impaired user or taking the device to or from maintenance or repair are also allowed to use them.
TGA offer a number of scooters which meet the specifications outlined by the DVLA. Defined as 'class 3 invalid carriages', the following are therefore road legal and allowed on the road in the UK;
Breeze S4, Breeze S3, Vita X, Vita Sport, Vita E, Supersport, Breeze Midi 4, Breeze Midi 3, Vita Midi, Vita Lite, Maximo Plus
About our expert
Rachel Elding is the Showroom Manager at TGA and an expert on mobility scooters and accompanying equipment. As well as demonstrating scooters both in the showroom and out in the field, she also trains staff on scooter utility and repair options.
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