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Mobility Scooters

Using a mobility scooter or powered wheelchair - You have to follow the rules of the Highway Code, whether you are using the footpath or the highway. Following some safety tips and keeping your scooter in good condition are also important points.

There is no legal eyesight requirement, but you should be able to read a car's registration number from a distance of 12.3 metres (40 feet). You must monitor your ability to do this regularly while you use a class 3 vehicle.

The vehicle's horn should not be used between 11.30 pm and 7.00 am or when the vehicle is not moving, unless there is danger from another moving vehicle. Only use the horn to warn other road users that you are there do not use it as a greeting or to show anger.

If the vehicle has a lap belt fitted to it, always use it - even for short journeys. You should wear fluorescent clothing during the day and something reflective at night. This will help others to see you. Do not wear dark clothes at night.

Plan your journeys carefully. This may help you to avoid major roundabouts or busy roads. If the situation on the road becomes too daunting, you can always switch to footpath mode and move to the pavement.

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Where class 3 Scooters can be used

You can use your class 3 scooter or wheelchair:

on footpaths, pavements, bridleways and pedestrian areas at a maximum speed of 4 mph

on most roads at a maximum speed of 8 mph You must not used it on motorways, cycle lanes or in bus lanes.

You should avoid using it on dual carriageways with a speed limit of over 50 mph.

If you do use your scooter or powered wheelchair on a dual carriageway, you must use an amber flashing light for visibility.

Legal requirements

A class 3 vehicle is not legally defined as a motor vehicle. For this reason, the user is not required to have a driving licence or to take a test.

You have to be at least 14 years old to drive a class 3 vehicle.

You must not use your scooter or wheelchair if you are under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or medication that may affect your driving ability. If you are in any doubt, consult your doctor.

You do not have to pay Vehicle Excise Duty commonly called road tax but you do need to register your scooter of wheelchair with the DVLA and display a 'nil duty' tax disc. Registration plates are not needed for a class 3 vehicle

You do not have to take out insurance, although it is strongly recommended that you do.

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