A mobility scooter is an electric scooter equivalent to a wheelchair but configured like a motor scooter. Use of mobility scooters has shown an increase in traveling of especially disabled people as they get bored seating at home, mobility scooter helps them in traveling and gives them the satisfaction of living a life. You can see some of the images of Mobility Scooters below:
Google Trend results say Mobility Scooter market is somehow smaller in the US than in the UK. Mobility Scooters are for those people who are elder or disabled. It differs from wheelchairs in a number of ways, including build specification, manoeuvrability, and speed.
The range of transport and road policy areas that could potentially be impacted by significant growth in the number of mobility scooter users like:
· Pedestrian safety
· Road safety
· Mobility scooter driver licensing
· Mobility scooter driver Insurance
· Mobility scooter driver training/assessment requirements
Types of Mobility Scooter
Officially mobility scooters are divided into two categories.
· Class 2 Mobility Scooters:
o Class 2 mobility scooters are intended for pavement use only – they can only reach 4mph which is the legal limit for use on the pavement.
· Class 3 Mobility Scooters:
o Class 3 mobility scooters are intended for use on the road or the pavement – they can reach up to 8mph, but must have a setting that can limit their speed to 4mph for use on the pavement. They must be fitted with lights and indicators and to be registered with the DVLA (driving license by the government of UK) to be used on the road.
Where can you drive and cannot drive your Mobility Scooters
In the UK, Class 3 invalid carriage is prohibited in bus lanes, cycle only lanes or motorways. You can only drive on roads. Also avoid using Class 3 dual carriageways on roads with a speed limit of over 50mph or else you can use an amber flashlight while driving on road with dual carriageway.
Mobility scooters are allowed on the road in the UK with some terms and conditions defined by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).
Few of those terms and conditions characterized for ‘Class 3’ are mentioned below:
- A maximum device speed of 6.4kph (4mph) off the road.
- Capable of up to 12.8kph (8mph) on the road.
- 150kg (330pounds) maximum weight without the operator.
- Width not exceeding 0.85metres (33inches).
- An effective braking system.
- Front and rear lights as well as reflectors.
- Indicators which are also capable of operating as hazard warning signals.
- An audible horn.
- A rear view mirror.
- An amber flashing light if the operator wishes to use the vehicle on a dual carriageway.
Generally, a mobility scooter is mainly used on the pavement. Moreover, when operating the vehicle on footpaths and pedestrian areas one must follow the rules that other pavement users follow.
· Mobility scooters can be driven on pedestrian path but with a speed limit of 4mph. Do not exceed the speed limit as pedestrian walk slowly they might get hurt with your speed, always consider pedestrian as they may or may not be able to see or hear you.
Are Mobility Scooters Allowed in Shops?
Mobility Scooters are often not allowed in stores as store’s has their own wheelchair’s which can be used. In shops people walk slowly so control your speed while you are driving. Some shops allow to use our mobility scooters but have tobe very careful while using mobility scooters in shops your speed limit should be not more than 4mph. It is advisable to use smaller folding mobility scooter or pavement scooter so that you easily drive in smaller shops or around the shops.
All normal parking restrictions apply to mobility scooters and powered wheelchairs.
Normal Parking Restrictions are- vehicle should not be parked where there are double yellow lines on road. When you see double and single red lights on the road it means parking is prohibited. Parking on pavements is prohibited in UK.
There is no driving test for using a mobility scooter on the road however you must follow the Highway Code. This includes following standard driving procedure including;
- Observing road signs and traffic lights.
- Using the scooter's lights, directional indicators, and horn when required.
- Taking other road users and pedestrians into consideration when manoeuvring.
Hiring a mobility scooter in London.
Instead of buying your own mobility scooter it is always advisable to lease it. Leasing out can give a variety of good options including selecting a particular model. Now a day, it is easy to get mobility scooter on lease for a day, week or month. Mobility Hire, Mobility Giant, and Concord Mobility are few of nations business who provide service to mobility scooters in London. Additionally, local disability living center will also help to hire mobility scooters in particular locality.