Mobility scooters: the rules you need to know

Written by
Isabella Williams

Road safety is an integral part of our society. Rules keep us safe. In this blog, we have laid out the rules and regulations that you need to know if you drive a mobility scooter or are thinking about buying one. All our information is derived from gov.uk so you know exactly what you need to do to keep yourself, other road users and pedestrians safe.

Mobility scooters can travel up to 8mph which could cause serious injury if driven without the due diligence that is required.

Introduction to your scooter

You may not be aware that only certain kinds of scooters are allowed to go on the road and that they may need registering. Read on to learn more about the rules when it comes to driving a mobility scooter…

There are two categories:

You do not need to register a class 2 invalid carriage. However, you must register a class 3 invalid carriage. In the store, we will ensure that you have the correct information and register your new mobility scooter.

Furthermore, you must be 14+ to drive a class 3 invalid carriage.

lady crossing the road on a mobility scooter

The Rules for Class 3 invalid carriages

There are many advantages to owning a road scooter. You can go about your daily business, run errands and see friends with more independence. You can go quickly on a flat road which goes even further than most pavement scooters. Click here to see one of our more powerful mobility scooters. These are the scooters for the efficient and people who like to get out and about.

However, with the privilege of using the public highway, there comes great responsibility and the necessity to follow the rules of the road. To use your scooter on the road it must have a:

  • Maximum weight of no more than 150kg unladen. Unladen weight means the weight of the vehicle without any passengers, goods or other items. It doesn’t include the batteries for our electric scooters.
  • It must be a maximum width of 0.85 meters.
  • It must be able to limit its speed to 4mph. This is essential if you wish to take your road scooter onto the pavement.
  • Your scooter cannot exceed 8mph.
  • Make sure that the braking system is all in working order.
  • Make sure you have front and rear lights and reflectors. This is essential for night driving.
  • You will also need directional indicators that are also able to work as hazard warning lights
  • An audible horn.
  • Rearview mirrors.
  • Finally, you will also need an amber flashing light if you intend to use your scooter on a dual carriageway.

Be aware that if you don’t have these features you could be stopped by the police. But you don’t have to worry at Middletons, as we’ve got you covered for all these features.

Rules for driving on the road with a mobility scooter

When you drive on the road with your Class 3 invalid carriage remember that you are not allowed in bus lanes, cycle only lanes or on motorways. For your safety try and avoid dual carriageways and roads with speeds of 50mph and over.

If you do go on dual carriageways or roads with 50mph limits, you must use your amber flashing lights for visibility and follow the Highway Code.

Driving on footpaths and parking with mobility scooters

It’s essential that if you want to drive on the pavement or pedestrian areas that you do not exceed 4mph.

If you wish to park your mobility scooter, all normal parking restrictions apply. Your scooter cannot be left on a footpath or in a pedestrian area as it gets in the way of other pedestrians, wheelchair users and people with prams and pushchairs.

Eyesight requirements

You will need to be able to read a car registration number from a distance of 12.3 meters (40 feet) to drive a mobility scooter. Furthermore, if you have an accident because of poor eyesight you might have to pay compensation as well as causing significant injury to yourself or others.

Luckily when you come into our store we’ll make sure that you’re physically able to drive a scooter. Click here to read more about our free of charge in-store assessment. We make it our policy that if you’re not physically able to operate a scooter we will refuse to sell to you for your benefit and the safety of all other road and pavement users.

Elderly people enjoying their mobility scooters

Who can use mobility scooters?

If you don’t need an electric mobility scooter you shouldn’t be using one. Only drive one if:

  • You have trouble walking because of an injury, physical disability or a medical condition.
  • You have a limited range of mobility.
  • You are demonstrating/ testing it before it’s sold.
  • You are training a disabled user on how to use one.
  • You are taking the vehicle to or from maintenance or repair.

Should I tax, register or insure my Scooter?

Tax

You do not have to pay tax for any mobility scooters if it is registered as a class 3 invalid carriage.

Registration

When you buy a scooter from Middletons we will make you the ‘registered keeper’. This means the scooter will be in your name. You’ll get a new vehicle log book (V5C) in the post within 4 weeks of the sale.

Changing your name and address

If you need to change your name or address after you’ve purchased a mobility scooter, you need to fill in section 6 of your vehicle logbook and send it to the DVLA.

Insurance

This is not essential but we recommend that you purchase insurance with your mobility scooter. Read about our insurance policies here.

So there you are! You now know all the rules are regulations that you need to follow when buying and owning a mobility scooter. To browse our scooters click here.

Always remember that you can't get these added services if you buy mobility scooters online. This can be dangerous if you're not physically fit to drive one. Here at Middletons, we make sure that all the necessary checks are compleated and that you won't be a danger to yourself and others around you. So come and visit your nearest showroom today, use the store finder to find your nearest store.

For more information about any of our scooters or rules of the road call us free on 0800 999 2831.

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