On the Move
A mobility scooter will give you more independence and can undoubtedly come to play a part in your daily life. Please check with your doctor to make sure that you are fit to use one and if you have a disability which might restrict your moments there is probably a simple adaptation that can help.
- Be careful going up and down kerbs. Always approach at right angles and do not go up or down ones that are higher than recommended for the type and size of your wheels (look in the manufacturer’s handbook for guidance). Wherever possible, cross roads where there is a dropped kerb.
- Be particularly careful approaching corners or junctions on loose gravel, on a slippery surface or downhill.
- Allow plenty of time to slow down as there can be a delay in braking on some scooters.
- If you are riding a Class 3 vehicle, you must switch over to the 4 mph (6 kmh) setting when you are using it on a pavement or footpath.
- The top speed allowed on pavements or footpaths is 4 mph (6 kph), but even this is too fast where there are pedestrians about.
- Pedestrians always have right of way. If you are riding your scooter on a pavement or footpath, give way to them.
- To drive on the road you need a vehicle that can travel at up to 8mph (12 kph). It must also have headlights, rear lights, flashing indicators and a horn.
- Obey traffic lights and all other road signals and instructions, including stop signs, give-way signs and signs for one-way streets.
- At night, you must have your headlights and rear lights on.
- Do not park your scooter where it could cause an obstruction making it difficult for others to use the pavement or footpath.