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Are mobility scooters allowed on the road?

Are mobility scooters allowed on the road?

You may be wondering if you’re allowed to use your mobility scooter on the road in the UK, which is why we’ve created this helpful guide to answer any questions you may have.

Mobility scooters and power chairs are either labelled as a ‘class 2’ or ‘class 3’ vehicles. Class 3 mobility scooters (legally known as a ‘Class 3 invalid carriage’) 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 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 road legal class 3 mobility scooter must be registered with the DVLA, however if you’ve purchased a scooter directly through us at TGA, we will help you with this process. 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 light and using the scooter’s lights, directional indicators and horn when required.

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 mobility scooter is prohibited from travelling in bus lanes, cycle only lanes and motorways. For a full list of rules that apply to road legal mobility scooters, click here.

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:
Scoozy, Breeze S4, Breeze S3, Vita X, Vita Sport, Vita E, Supersport, Breeze Midi 4, Breeze Midi 3, Vita Lite, Maximo Plus

View the full range of TGA mobility scooters here or call one of our mobility advisors for free on 0800 107 5349

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