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;
‘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.
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.