Everything you wanted to know about owning a mobility scooter
Mobility Scooters provide independence and freedom for an increasing number of people.
But taking the plunge and buying a scooter can be seen as a big step. This short guide provides a summary of useful information for existing and potential mobility scooter owners.
Where can I get one?
The simplest way of getting a scooter is to visit your local retailer. They will be able to advise of makes and models to suit your specific needs. Alternatively, you could shop around online, but it’s worth doing your research before you purchase.
If you are registered as having a disability, you may be able to get one supplied by the NHS (contact your GP) or from the Motability scheme (www.motability.co.uk).
If you are unsure about getting a scooter, most towns have a hire facility so you could try using one before you commit. Also, most retailers will offer a test drive.
What are the regulations?
There are 2 types of mobility scooters, Class 2 which can travel at up to 4mph and can be used on the pavement and Class 3 which can travel at up to 8mph and can be used on the road. Class 3 scooters have to be registered with the DVLA (it’s free and you can contact the DVLA on 0300 790 6802)
There is no requirement to pass a test for a mobility scooter, though in reality, any responsible scooter retailer will take time to make sure you are able to use the scooter before selling it to you. You should make sure that you feel comfortable and confident using a scooter before going out in public.
Although it’s not a legal requirement to have Mobility Scooter Insurance, it is highly recommended. Using a scooter in a busy area is not without risk, and many owners find it invaluable to have the peace of mind that insurance provides. At Blue Badge Mobility Insurance, we offer comprehensive mobility scooter insurance. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.
Is it easy to get about?
If you want to take your mobility scooter further afield, you may be wondering about public transport. A lot of bus and train services now offer easy access with lowered floors. We recommend contacting the services before you set off to get a full understanding of the facilities and processes.
Transporting your scooter in a car is possible when the car is adapted to allow access, alternatively, you can get foldable scooters that can fit in the boot.
Where do I store it?
Ideally, you should store your scooter indoors when not in use, though this is not always possible. If you are storing it outdoor then you should consider a strong lock and a cover.
What I need to do to maintain it?
You should look after your scooter to ensure it provides you with many years of service. Keep it clean and consider getting a regular service. You should also ensure that you’re the scooter battery is kept charged, particularly through the winter months when you may not be using it as much.
So what are you waiting for?
Be brave, be bold and get your independence back!