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The Law and Mobility Scooters and Powerchairs
Wednesday 11 December 2014 11:20

Recently there has been a bit of confusion about where mobility scooters or powerchairs stand in the law. Particularly whether they should be ridden on the pavement or road or whether they should have a tax disc displayed.

If this has caused you confusion please read this short guide below:

There are two classes of mobility scooters and powerchairs (invalid carriages as defined by the government) which are split by whether their maximum speed is greater than 4 mph or not.

Smaller boot scooters and most powerchairs are generally set at a maximum speed of four mph and are therefore defined as a class 2 invalid carriage. Larger mobility scooters and a few powerchairs may have a higher maximum speed (up to 8 mph) and therefore fall into the class 3 invalid carriage class. When you visit one of our shops our staff will be able to advise which category your scooter would fall into and therefore which rules apply.

Class 2 invalid carriages should be driven on the pavement and never on the road (except where there isn’t a pavement). They don’t need road tax and there isn’t any age requirements to operating them.

Class 3 invalid carriages need to display a tax disc. If you bought from us we will have completed the paperwork on your behalf and you should receive your tax disc in the post. Otherwise these tax discs available are free of charge and all you need to do is complete a V55/4 DVLA form if it is a new vehicle or a V55/5 if it is second hand. You can order these forms free of charge from the DVLA at:http://www.dft.gov.uk/dvla/onlineservices/order_forms.aspx

Aside from the rules around tax discs there is a rule stating that no-one under the age of 14 can operate them. Also, you can drive these vehicles on the pavement if you wish but the adjustable speed dial must be set so that your maximum speed is 4 mph. All of our scooters and powerchairs have this feature.

You cannot drive any class of invalid carriage on a bus lane, cycle lane or motorway.

Insurance isn’t mandatory for any mobility product but we would recommend you take a policy to protect you should anything happen.

More specific details on the laws around mobility scooters and powerchairs can be found at: