Can Mobility Scooters Go On The Road?

Unsure about taking your mobility scooter on the road? Our blog provides essential insights into navigating the streets safely. Discover the differences between scooter classes, road regulations, and expert tips for a secure journey. Reach out to your local Shopmobility centre for personalised guidance. Drive confidently with our expert advice!

In our fast-paced world, mobility scooters provide vital independence and freedom for those with limited mobility. As these compact vehicles navigate urban landscapes and shopping centers, a common question arises: Can mobility scooters use the roads? We are here to help you understand the ins and outs of mobility scooter road accessibility, shedding light on legal regulations, safety guidelines, and the role of Shopmobility in ensuring enhanced mobility.

Understanding mobility device classes:

Whether a mobility device can go on the road or not is heavily dependent on what ‘class’ the device is. For instance, a wheelchair is considered a class 1 device and should only be used on a path. However, a mobility scooter is capable of being either a class 2 or class 3 device, depending on its functionality. 

Class 2 scooters, with a maximum speed of four miles per hour (mph), are not road-worthy. Class 3 scooters can reach up to 4 mph off-road and 8 mph (12 km/h) on roads, with regulations including a max weight of 150kg (excluding driver), width of 0.85 meters, and efficient braking. To use class 3 scooters on the road, owners must register them with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), and operators must be at least 14 years old. However, on pavements, these scooters, limited to four mph, are exempt from road tax. While no specific eyesight requirements exist, mobility scooter users should read a car’s registration number from 12.3 meters (40 feet) away.

For inquiries or assistance in selecting the right scooter, contact your nearest Shopmobility centre. They’re here to help!

Driving on the road:

Operating a class 3 mobility scooter comes with certain limitations. It’s crucial to note that the maximum road speed is eight mph (12 km/h). Class 3 scooters are restricted from motorways, bus lanes, and ‘cycle-only’ lanes. We strongly discourage using them on dual carriageways over 50 mph; if necessary, use an amber flashing light for visibility. Additionally, wearing reflective clothing contributes to a safer road experience. Always travel in the direction of traffic, as well as using lights, indicators, and horns as per the Highway Code

Class 2 scooters are not allowed on roads unless no pavement is available and avoiding the road is not possible.

At our Shopmobility centres, we provide thorough instructions on the safe use of your hired mobility equipment before your rental to ensure a safe experience.

Safe navigation of the road with a mobility scooter necessitates a grasp of regulations and a dedicated commitment to safety guidelines. The selection of dependable equipment plays a pivotal role in ensuring a secure and confident mobility experience. Shopmobility accredited centres provide road-worthy mobility scooters tailored to individual needs. As well as, trained professionals who can educate you on how to stay safe while using the mobility scooter. To hire the right scooter or if you have any further questions, find your local Shopmobility centre, and contact them directly and they will be happy to help. Find freedom with Shopmobility today, ensuring that your journey on the road is convenient, safe and enjoyable.