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Will the main use of the mobility scooter be indoors or outdoors
This is a major factor when choosing a mobility scooter to suit your needs. If your main use will be indoors a lightweight scooter may suffice with good maneuverability and a small turning circle.
For mainly outdoor use a more stable and speedier model should be considered to cope with the uneven surfaces encountered. Consider a more powerful mobility scooter if you need to climb steep hills and curbs. A 4 wheel mobility scooter is far more stable than a 3 wheel one.
If you plan to travel on roads a mobility scooter should have a maximum speed of 8mph and have headlights and taillights (see Legislation regarding Mobility Scooters below).
You need to consider this if you envisage travelling with your mobility scooter in a vehicle. There are vehicles designed to carry mobility scooters and wheelchairs. If you don't have access to one of these a compact scooter that can be folded to put in a car may be the only solution. Make sure any buses or trains you wish to use will take your mobility scooter before you travel.
For every day activities you can obtain boxes and carriers that attach to mobility scooters to carry shopping etc. There are canopies that fit over scooters and clothing to protect you in bad weather. You can also get walking stick holders and even attachments that will carry a wheelchair.
Mobility scooters are regarded as Class 3 invalid carriages
There are three types of invalid carriages:
You must register a class 3 vehicle with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).
You can use your class 3 scooter or wheelchair:
You must not used it on motorways, cycle lanes or in bus lanes.
You should avoid using it on dual carriageways with a speed limit of over 50 mph. If you do use your scooter or powered wheelchair on a dual carriageway, you must use an amber flashing light for visibility.
A class 3 vehicle is not legally defined as a motor vehicle. For this reason, the user is not required to have a driving licence or to take a test. You have to be at least 14 years old to drive a class 3 vehicle.
You must not use your scooter or wheelchair if you are under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or medication that may affect your driving ability. If you are in any doubt, consult your doctor.
A class 3 vehicle can only be used by a non-disabled person if that person is:
You do not have to pay Vehicle Excise Duty – commonly called road tax – but you do need to register your scooter of wheelchair with the DVLA and display a 'nil duty' tax disc. Registration plates are not needed for a class 3 vehicle
You do not have to take out insurance, although it is strongly recommended that you do.
The vehicle must have certain construction features, including:
If these conditions are not met, you may be prosecuted by the police.