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Mobility Scooter Tips & Rules

You now have a shiny new mobility scooter or electric wheelchair to help improve your freedom and independence, but you need to think of your own safety and the safety of everyone else around you.

We’ve tried to summarise some of our best tips and also the The Scooter Highway Code below, but you can find it on the gov.uk website here.

On the pavement (4MPH Scooters)

  • Make sure you give way to pedestrians! They have the right of way.
  • You can take your 8MPH scooter on the pavement, just make sure you turn the speed down to 4mph (some scooters have a slow setting that makes it so the max speed is 4mph).
  • Be careful when mounting or dismounting pavements and kerbs, try to use dropped kerbs where possible! If you are not sure how high a kerb your new scooter can climb and it isn’t specified on our website please follow the manufacturer’s owners manual supplied with your scooter.
  • If you are out shopping remember your scooter has a weight limit so try not to overload it with too much shopping! Also try and distribute your shopping evenly so it isn’t overbalanced and try not to not put shopping on the steering controls as well, you need these to have control of the scooter.
  • Don’t forget to adjust your speed according to the terrain, current weather and where you are. For example, take extra care on gravel, when it’s snowing or raining and when there are more pedestrians around.
  • Also make sure you know how to operate the controls of your scooter or powered wheelchair before going out in it.

On the road (8MPH Scooters)

  • Only Class 3 scooters (8MPH Scooters), have been fitted with front and rear lights, indicators and a horn are permitted on the road.
  • Class 3 mobility scooters also need to be taxed before road use is permitted, don’t worry though when you purchase a scooter from us we will sort this out for you.
  • No scooters or powered wheelchairs are permitted on motorways or in bus or cycle lanes.
  • Class 3 scooters can be used on dual carriageways, however they must be fitted with a flashing amber warning light, no other types of scooter or powered wheelchair are permitted on any roads.
  • Just like driving a car you have to obey all road signs, signals and traffic lights.
  • Try to make sure you are highly visible if travelling on the road especially if the weather is bad or it is dark. Try to wear fluorescent clothing and getting a scooter with good lights can help with this.