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.
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.
What else do I need to use a mobility scooter on the road?
- Front and rear lights and reflectors
- Direction indicators able to operate as a hazard signal
- An audible horn
- Rear view mirror
- 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.