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Mobility Scooters

A scooter could be the best choice for your mobility needs if you can travel fairly independently, are able to use bicycle-style steering and can get on and off a scooter on your own.

Mobility scooters come in 3 different sizes — small, medium and large — and each have different features you will need to consider when choosing the one that is right for you and your lifestyle.

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Small Mobility Scooters

We have a wide range of small mobility scooters in our Whitton, West London store which are light and easy to transport. The lighter frames make them easier to transport but also limit the amount of weight they can carry and distances they can cover between charging.

Many of our small scooter range are able to be dismantled into a few parts or folded easily to fit in a car’s boot. If you have a small scooter in mind, you will need to make sure that you or your carer are able to physically lift and fit these parts into the boot of a car easily.

Additional points:

01
Usage

Not suitable for road use, can be used around the home.

02
Weight capacity

Have a lower weight capacity of up to 21 stone (135 kg).

03
Charging

Maximum range of approximately 10 miles between charges.

04
Registration

Do not need to be registered with the DVLA.

Medium Mobility Scooters
Class 2 scooters

These scooters can be used indoor and outdoor, and are sometimes foldable or can be dismantled for transport, depending on the model.

They have a lower top speed (4mph), are not intended for road use (except where there is no pavement or when crossing the road), and do not need to be registered with the DVLA.

Class 2 models are generally smaller, lighter and less powerful than Class 3 models.

Class 3 scooters

These scooters are not intended for indoor use but can be used on pavements, roads and rough surfaces such as park trails.

This higher class of mobility scooter has the longest distance range between charges and additional safety features for road use.

The top allowable speed for pavements is 4mph and they have a road speed of 8mph. If the user intends to ride their scooter on the road it must be registered with the DVLA – this can be done by the owner or arranged by the dealer.

Additional points:
01
Usage

Class 3 scooters and powered wheelchairs are not allowed on motorways, bicycle tracks or bus/cycle lanes, but are legally allowed on dual carriageways.

02
Weight capacity

Higher weight capacity, typically between 21-25 stone (135-150 kg)

03
Charging

Typical travel distance of 20 miles between charges.

04
Registration

Class 3 scooters must be registered with the DVLA.

Large Mobility Scooters for Road Use

Larger mobility scooters are ideal for longer distances, rougher surfaces and carrying more weight (between 20 and 30 stone, or a maximum of 250 kg.). Due to the size of these scooters, they will require a dedicated secure space to store.

All large mobility scooters are classified by the DVLA as ‘class 3 invalid carriages’ so must have road tax and be registered with the DVLA. Road tax is provided free of charge and registration can be arranged by the owner or the dealer.

Additional points:

01
Specs

• Maximum speed 8mph.

• Include lights, indicators & horns

• Not easily transportable

02
Weight capacity

Have larger seats and can carry more weight.

03
Charging

Longer battery life allowing them to travel an average of 25-30 miles between charges.

04
Registration

The DVLA have strict rules on using mobility scooters and powered wheelchairs both on the pavement and roads.

We Will Help You Choose the Best Solution

Additional Aids Mobility in Whitton, West London, has over 30 years of experience advising customers on the best options for mobility scooter and wheelchair needs. Before making your final decision you will need to make an appointment for a free home assessment with a mobility specialist. These assessments are designed to ensure you get the product that will best suit your individual needs.

Assessments include whether you are able to use the scooter, have somewhere appropriate to store and charge it, and to make sure the scooter matches your lifestyle.

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