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How to register a mobility vehicle with DVLA? #infographic

How to register a mobility vehicle with DVLA is one of the most common questions asked by first time owners of the scooters. Doing our best to always explain the procedures, we have decided to offer an ever better solution. With this infographic below, the process will be explained in great detail for everyone.

All of our data was researched thoroughly by reading extensively Department of Transport documentation, as well as other supporting documents by various verified sources.

What does this infographic contain?

Firstly, the infographic will detail the differences between different classes of the mobility vehicles. According to DVLA, there are three of them, but only the third class meets the requirements to be able to be used on public roads.

Of course, if you want to know them to check if you can register a mobility vehicle with a DVLA, we will provide them.

Further down we will go into the process of registration, restrictions and finally, how to deregister and dispose of the mobility scooter, if it is no longer needed. Enjoy our infographic, share or leave feedback, if you’d love to see more of them!

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Electric Moped – Do you need a licence?

To use an Electric Moped you need a licence, at least a provisional one. However, it is not the only requirement. Starting from the top, it is first worth mentioning the difference between an electric bicycle and an electric moped.

Compared to e-mopeds, electric bicycles can be used by anyone that is over 14 years old or over. Those vehicles must have power of 250 watts or below, and the power must cut off at 15.5 mph. It must also have two pedals for manual propulsion. Compared to that kind of vehicle, electric mopeds usually come with more powerful motors and faster speed. Some of them might have pedals for propulsion, however it is a rare case.

Electric mopeds and scooters are classified as L1e vehicles, meaning only people who are at least 16 years old or more are eligible to use them.

Compulsory Basic Training

One of the requirements to be able to ride an electric moped on the road, apart from the need of a licence, is a CBT. This stands for Compulsory Basic Training, and it must be completed before the users are able to take the vehicle on the road.

Compulsory basic training is not the kind of test one can fail. It only serves the purpose of instructing the user in how to properly use the vehicle without causing harm to himself or others.

If you still wonder about whether do you need a CBT test for your moped, you can read article in our blog, which will go into more details.

What makes electric moped roads legal?

Apart from CBT and a provisional licence needed for electric moped, there are some other important elements which need to be taken care of.

Insurance

The owner of an electric moped cannot ride legally without having a proper insurance of at least basic level. By having it, you ensure that in case of damaging another vehicle or property, or injuring another road user, there would be some insurance there to cover the costs.

MOT

To raid legally on roads in the UK, you need to have a MOT. It is an annual test that needs to be performed each year starting from the third year after purchase to make sure your vehicle isn’t dangerous. It also serves to ensure your electric moped will not become a harmful vehicle in the span of next 12-months.

Safe gear

Compared to electric mobility scooters, in case of electric mopeds you do need to wear a helmet. Of course, we advise using safety gear regardless if it is required by law or not.

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Specialist answers – Are mobility scooters allowed on the road?

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,
  • Horn,
  • 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.

Velobike has a wide range of Class 3 invalid carriages, that met all of DVLA requirments and can be safely used: FASTER, ZT15, ZT63, DRACO, CRISTAL

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.

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