When I purchased a mobility scooter for my mum, I didn’t have a clue whether I needed to register the scooter or if she needed a licence or anything.

The good news is that I do now!

If you’re in a similar position, read on.

What are the benefits of mobility scooter?

Lets keep things simple.

Does your mobility scooter have a maximum speed of 4 mph? 

If yes, this is a Class 2 mobility scooter and this does not need to be registered and the person driving it does not need a license to drive it.

  • These mobility scooters are for use on the pavement (the road can be used only when there isn’t a pavement.).
  • They can also be used in any building, class 2 mobility scooters are just like using a wheelchair that is motorised.

 

What if it goes higher than 4 mph?

If the maximum speed on the mobility scooter is 8 mph (or anything else above 4 mph);

This is classed as Class 3 carriage and need to be registered with the DVLA.

(This is a very quick and straightforward process that is free.)

  • You need to be 14 or over to drive a class 3 mobility scooter.
  • You can use class 3 scooters on the road at 8mph or on pavements and anywhere else at 4mph.
  • You do not need any licence to drive a class 3 mobility scooter.
  • You do not need to tax the vehicle.

 

Thats all there is to it.

You can register a class 3 mobility scooter here, at Direct Gov.

Can mobility scooters go on the road?

What else do I need to use a mobility scooter on the road?

  1. Front and rear lights and reflectors
  2. Direction indicators able to operate as a hazard signal
  3. An audible horn
  4. Rear view mirror
  5. An amber flashing light if the mobility scooter is to be used on a dual carriageway

Sometimes a mobility scooter will not come with lights, reflectors or the amber flashing light, however these than be bought on Amazon or Ebay for a few pounds.

What else do I need to know about driving on the road?

  • The person driving must have good eyesight.
  • They must also know and follow the highway code if using roads.
  • Dual Carriageways with a speed limit over 50mph should be avoided for safety reasons, but this is not law.
  • The person driving must not use bus lanes, ‘cycle only’ lanes or motorways.

 

How good does eyesight have to be?

There is no law that states a level of eyesight that is required, however the person driving the mobility scooter should be able to rear a cars registration number from 40 feet away (12.3 metres).

This is advised, only to keep the driver and other surrounding people safe.