Mobility scooters are helpful devices which allow those with physical disabilities to retain their independence. They can also boost their confidence by making it easier for them to go outside. When choosing the best scooter for yourself or someone you care about, there are a number of factors that you will need to take into account. This Consumer Adviser guide is designed to outline the key facts and factors that you need to take into consideration.
Types of Mobility Scooter
Mobility scooters are generally broken down into two categories: Class 2 and Class 3.
Class 2 mobility scooters: these are the most popular type of mobility scooter in the UK. They have a maximum speed of 4mph and can only be driven in shopping malls or on the pavement. These scooters are highly portable, hence they are often referred to as ‘boot’ scooters, as they can be easily folded down.
Class 3 mobility scooters: these types of scooters are more robust and have mirrors and lights. In addition to driving in malls and on the path, these scooters can be driven on the road up to 8mph. You do not need a license to drive a Class 2 mobility scooter on the road, but you will need to register it with the DVLA.
- Class 2 scooters are more portable and can be used in malls and on pavements.
- Class 3 scooters are robust and can be used on the road.
Choosing the Best Mobility Scooter for You
As mentioned in the introduction, there are a number of factors that you will need to think about when buying a mobility scooter. The most important decisions that buyers are faced with is whether you should purchase a Class 2 or a Class 3 scooter. This largely depends on how you plan on using your scooter.
If you plan on using your mobility scooter sparingly, perhaps when you go shopping, a small Class 2 scooter may be more appropriate as it can be easily transported in the boot of your car. Conversely, if you plan on using your scooter a lot, you should consider purchasing a more robust Class 3 models. Not only can these be used on the road but they are also more comfortable to use for extended periods of time.
Mobility Scooter Insurance
While mobility scooter insurance is not a legal requirement in the UK, it is always a good idea to have it. Mobility scooter insurance will financially protect you should something untoward happen to your vehicle or if you or someone else is injured while using it. There are number of specialist insurance companies which offer affordable policies tailored to the risks associated with mobility scooters. Such providers include: Fish Insurance, Motability and ETA.