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Maintaining Independence With Portable Mobility Scooters

Mobility scooters have restored much-needed independence for those with mobility problems, and portable models that can be made to fit in the boot of a car enable even more options for getting around. If you’re looking for a portable mobility scooter, you can find a good selection of them for sale on eBay. You’ll see a choice of brand new or second-hand portable mobility scooters for sale at a wide range of prices.

Classes of mobility vehicles

In the UK, mobility vehicles fall into three classes:

  • Class 1: Class 1 refers to manual wheelchairs only; not to mobility scooters.
  • Class 2: These are lightweight mobility scooters. They have a top speed (and legal speed limit) of 4 MPH, and you can use them in pedestrian areas including on street pavements. They can’t be used on public roads, but they can be used to cross a road from pavement to opposite pavement. Most are portable as they can be folded to fit into the boot of a car.
  • Class 3: These are electric mobility scooters that are larger and heavier, and they can be used on public roads apart from motorways and dual carriageways with a speed limit greater than 50MPH. Class 3 mobility scooters have a top speed (and legal speed limit) of 8 MPH on public roads, but in pedestrian areas, you are required to activate a speed limiter, which prevents the scooter from exceeding 4 MPH. Most aren’t foldable, but can still be made portable as they can be dismantled in order to fit into a car boot.
Is insurance a requirement for mobility scooters?

Insurance isn’t legally required in the UK for either class of mobility scooter. However, road safety organisations recommend that you have at least third-party insurance.

Useful features

Front and rear lights are useful when using your Class 2 mobility scooter at night in pedestrian areas. Lights, flashing indicators and mirrors are not only useful but are a legal requirement for Class 3 scooters. Also check to see if the scooter can reverse. Not all models can, but those that do offer greater manoeuvrability.

Must mobility scooters be registered with the DVLA?

Class 2 mobility scooters don’t require registration. Class 3 mobility scooters need to be registered with the DVLA under the Disabled Taxation Class and display a “Disabled" sticker. They don’t need to display registration plates, and it’s not necessary for you to pass a driving test or have a driving licence in order to drive a Class 3 mobility scooter.