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Mobility Scooters and the Law

Mobility scooters are not required to be taxed or insured, but they are subject to various rules and regulations.  Use our quick guide to brush up on mobility scooters and the law.

Different types of mobility scooter

There are two categories of mobility scooter.

Class 2 Mobility Scooters

Class 2 mobility scooters cannot be driven on the road (except where there is no pavement available for the user) and have a maximum speed of 4 mph

This type of mobility scooter does not need to be registered.

Class 3 Mobility Scooters

Class 3 mobility scooters can be used on the road and have a maximum speed of 4 mph off the road and 8 mph on the road.  The user must be 14 years of age or over to drive a Class 3 invalid carriage.

Class 3 mobility scooters need to be registered with the DVLA. To register a Class 3 mobility scooter a form has to be completed (form V55/4 for new vehicles, or V55/5 for used vehicles) . The mobility scooter is not permitted to use bus lanes, cycle lanes or motorways.

The law requires that Class 3 mobility scooters to have the following mandatory features, otherwise the user is at risk of a fine:

  • maximum weight of 150 kg (without you on it)
  • maximum width of 0.85 metres
  • a speed setting for 4 mph (for pavements and other off-road areas)
  • maximum speed of 8 mph
  • brakes that work
  • front and rear lights
  • indicators
  • hazard lights
  • a horn
  • a rear view mirror
  • an amber flashing (if used on a dual carriageway)

Who is allowed to use a mobility scooter?

If you are not disabled you are only permitted to drive a mobility scooter if you are demonstrating the vehicle prior to sale, training a disabled user or taking the vehicle to or from a site for maintenance or repair.

Road tax (vehicle excise duty)

You do not have to pay road tax for any mobility scooter or powered wheelchair, however, it is a statutory requirement to register Class 3 mobility scooters with the DVLA.

Battery Compliance

Please refer to the CAA for further information