It is worth noting that when asking if mobility scooters are allowed on the road, it is best to check all regulations with a proper communications office. Depending on the country, the law might be different. In this short post, we will cover the situation in the United Kingdom.
Technical parameters of road legal scooter
According to DVLA, a road legal mobility scooter is referred to as a “Class 3 Invalid carriage”. Compared to Class 2, those vehicles need to have a set of characteristics, which makes them safe to use while on both pavement and road.
- Controllable maximum speed of 4 mph while off the road and 8 mph while on the road,
- Maximum vehicle weight (without the rider) not exceeding 25 stones,
- Width of the vehicle being no more than 33 inches.
- Safe braking system,
- Full lights system as well as reflectors. This included front, rear, turning, hazard lights,
- Rearview mirrors.
Registering mobility scooter with DVLA
If all the above parameters are met, the vehicle can be registered with DVLA. When purchasing a vehicle from our store, we make this process easier by including the necessary form for registration. For those that are curious about the registration thought we have 3 main points to take note of:
- It is not possible to register the vehicle online or via post office, as evidence of vehicle age is needed,
- Registration is always free of charge,
- Tax disc is required and must be displayed. A V55/4 form for new vehicles is required, which can be obtained from DVLA, however we will include the form in the folder.
Lastly, while insurance isn’t required, you should definitely get one. In case of any accidents, it will cover the damage, which isn’t covered by manufacturer warranty.
Using class 3 mobility scooter allowed on the road
Firstly, it should be noted that no driving test is necessary. The only guidelines that are to be followed are the standard Highway Code while remembering regular driving procedures.
While class 3 invalid carriage is allowed on the road, it is preferable to use pavement when possible. It should be mentioned that pedestrians always have priority. Be advised that some of them might be aware of you approaching, especially elderly or impaired. When riding the scooter on the pavement, take care to not spook them. Especially do not try to force your way through crowds.
Restrictions to using class 3 mobility scooter
Naturally, there are restrictions in place when using a class 3 invalid carriage. This vehicle is prohibited from travelling in bus lanes, “cycle only” lanes, motorways and dual carriageways with speed limit of over 50mph.
For parking restrictions, there is nothing out of ordinary. If it obstructs the traffic, leaving this vehicle unattended in a pedestrian area or on a footpath shouldn’t be done.
While mobility scooters allowed on road can be technically operated by anyone, a person must be at least 14 years old.