Road legal mobility scooters are 8mph scooters which as the name suggests are legal to travel along the road (motorways & dual carriageways with speeds of over 50mph not included)
With a larger wheel size and bigger captains seat these scooters are comfier and more substantial for longer journeys especially paired with the all-round suspension
The captain’s seat that comes with these mobility scooter can swivel 360 degrees allowing the user easy access to and from the carriage without the need for unnecessary twisting of the body
With bright headlights driving your scooter at night-time ensures the road ahead is clearly visible and the rear lights help with visibility for anyone behind you
Just because you have a mobility scooter legal for road use this doesn’t mean you can’t travel along paths, at the flick of a switch or press of a button you can change your speed setting to travelling at a max speed of 4mph which is the legal requirement for use on the pavement.
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 Mobility Scooter which is road legal 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 4mph off the road.
- Capable of up to 8mph on the road.
- 150kg (330 pounds) maximum weight without the operator.
- Width not exceeding 33 inches.
- 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.
- Rear view mirrors.
- An amber flashing light if the operator wishes to use the vehicle on a dual carriageway.
A mobility scooter which is legal for road use with the above faculties must be registered with the DVLA using a V55/4 form, Registration is free of charge.
Note that you cannot register class 3 road legal mobility scooter online or at a Post Office. Completed forms must be sent by post to DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1BE. You will need to include evidence of the vehicle's age as well as a chassis number (you can get this from the supplier of the scooter).
There is no driving test for using your mobility scooter legally 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 road legal mobility 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 road legal mobility scooter on the pavement where at all possible.
A ‘road legal mobility scooter’ is prohibited from travelling in the following.
- Bus lanes
- ‘Cycle only’ lanes.
- Dual carriageways with a speed limit of over 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 12.3metres (40 feet).
- 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.
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