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Where Can you Drive Your Mobility Scooter?

Mobility Scooters provide independence and the opportunity for freedom outdoors, especially when the weathers so good. If you have a scooter, or are thinking of getting one, it’s important to know where you are entitled to drive them.

Footpath/Pavements
Mobility Scooters come in two categories, Class 2 and Class 3. Both are allowed travel on the footpath but at a reduced speed of 4mph. Class 3 Scooters are allowed on the footpath and are also road legal. You are advised not to leave your scooterparked/unattended on the footpath as it can cause an obstruction. Class 2 scooters are typically smaller and designed for folding down to fit in a car boot.

Bus & Cycle Lanes
Similar to a car, you cannot take your scooter into bus or cycle lanes.

Road
While class 3 scooters can be driven on the road, class 2 are not meant to be driven on the road. Class 3 scooters are a lot larger than class 2 and come with a higher top speed (8mph+), some have suspension for a smoother ride over bumpy terrain and are designed to have similar features to a car, such as indicators, lights, hazard lights, a horn, and rear-view mirrors. You should still adhere to the rules of the road as if you were driving a car.

Dual Carriageways
It will be surprised to find that you can drive class 3 mobility scooters on dual carriageways. You must have your flashing amber lights/warning hazards on to alert motorists.

Motorways
You cannot take any mobility scooter on motorways.

Public Transport
Rules vary so it’s always best to check in advance.

Buses
You need to have completed a confederation of Passenger Transport course to be entitled to board and exit busses that can accommodate a scooter.

Trains
Trains differ and again your are dependent on the facilities of each train. So again, check before you travel. Some will require a permit and most will allow you into the disable area of the train.

Shops
Yes, you are entitled to shops through the disabled access legislation. This applies to scooters as well as wheelchairs. Again plan ahead, especially if you have a larger class 3 scooter as they’re more difficult to navigate in confined areas, or smaller shops. Indoors to avoid damage or collisions you should turn the speed dial down closer to the tortoise symbol, rather than the hare.

Safe travels and enjoy your outdoor adventures.

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