This was one of the questions I had when researching the purchase of a mobility scooter on behalf of my parents and could find the answer to anywhere.
A mobility scooter does not need an MOT.
When I googled it, I was getting results for cars, and for registering mobility scooters but nothing about an MOT.
Even if the mobility scooter is driven on the roads, (a class 2 mobility scooter,) you still do not need an MOT.
How do I know if my mobility scooter is safe without an MOT?
It is wise to get the mobility scooter serviced every year or every other year.
A service will check the vital components inside the body of the scooter, the battery or batteries.
The engineer will also check the tyres and inflate them if necessary. (This doesn’t apply to solid wheels, but they will be checked for any damage or splits.) The brakes will also be checked.
Whilst a service isn’t mandatory or required by law, it is a fairly inexpensive way to get piece of mind that the mobility scooter is safe to use for your loved one.
Mobility scooters that are used on the road reach higher speeds, of 8mph, so it is more beneficial to get these scooters checked out and serviced for safety and reliability.
Whilst you don’t need an Mot, paying for a one off service will cost around £60.
(This won’t include any parts that are needed – but unless the mobility scooter has had serious wear and tear or has suffered a flat tyre, it shouldn’t be necessary to need to replace any parts on a brand new mobility scooter for a minimum of 3-4 years.)
How to look after a mobility scooter.
There are some simple things you can do to care for your mobility scooter and keep it in excellent condition.
As is doesn’t need an MOT or service by law, it is up to you or the owner of the scooter to care for it.
This is very simple and can be done in these 4 easy steps:
- Charge the battery to full capacity and take them off charge once they are full. This will help to prolong the life of the battery.
- Keep the mobility scooter out of the rain and store inside wherever possible. If you have to drive in the rain, keep a rain cover in the basket at all times so that you can get home safely and keep you and the scooter dry.
- Check that the wheels look inflated and feel firm before every use, if one looks flat, get this checked out – to keep yourself safe and to prevent damage to the other wheels and frame.
- Keep the mobility scooter free of dirt and mud, this will help prevent rust and damage.
Thats all there is to it.
Mobility scooters are super easy to maintain and to look after!