What sort of scooter should I buy?

What do you need your scooter for? For example, are you popping to the local shop, taking the scooter in your car, walking the dog, etc.? There are two different classes of scooter: Class 2 for off-road mobility, and Class 3, which is faster for use on the road. For convenience, we group Mobility Scooters into three categories: Car transportable, Mid range and large.

Class 2 scooters

These are restricted to indoor and pavement use – they can be used to cross roads where needed but are not to be driven on the road. They have a maximum speed of 4mph.

Class 3 scooters

These tend to be larger and heavier and can be used on the roads where they can travel at up to 8mph. They can switch to a maximum of 4mph for pavement and indoor use. Class 3 scooters users do not need a driving license but are expected to obey the Highway Code. You are required to register with the DVLA and display a tax disc (free of charge). Class 3 vehicles are not allowed on motorways or bus/cycle lanes.

Car Transportable Scooters

These are designed to be easily dismantled and transported in a car boot to shops and leisure areas. They are ideal for indoor use and in confined spaces. These scooters fall into Class 2 with a maximum speed of 4mph and a typical maximum range of about 8-15 miles.

Mid Range Scooter

These are not generally designed to be easily dismantled but can still be transported. Designed for more substantial use, they can travel outdoors over rougher terrain and have a higher load carrying capacity. These scooters fall into Class 2 with a maximum speed of 4-6mph for pavement use and a typical maximum range of 20-25 miles.

Large Scooters

These scooters fall into Class 3 and so have full road equipment including lights, indicators and mirrors. They are designed for heavy duty use and are capable of carrying larger weights over longer distances. They are suitable for indoor and outdoor use. Maximum speed is 8 mph for road use switching to 4mph for pavement use. Designed with full suspension for the most comfortable ride.