Everything You Need to Know About Mobility Scooters and Powerchairs
Posted by Francis Whitehead on February 8, 2024
Mobility scooters and powerchairs are essential for individuals with limited mobility, offering increased independence and freedom. These useful aids are battery-powered and designed to assist people who have difficulty walking or getting around on a daily basis.
They come in various sizes and configurations, ranging from compact, portable models suitable for indoor use to larger, more robust models designed for rougher terrains.
Powerchairs are usually controlled by a joystick, offering greater manoeuvrability and precision than a self-propelled wheelchair. They are ideal for individuals with more severe mobility limitations, providing a versatile solution for navigating tight spaces, homes, and public places.
The inherently accessible nature of both mobility scooters and powerchairs makes them available to a broad range of individuals, from elderly individuals experiencing age-related mobility challenges to people with disabilities. They play a crucial role in allowing users to engage in daily activities and maintain their independence.
Rules and Regulations
Mobility scooters are categorized into Class 2 and Class 3, each subject to specific regulations.
Class 2 mobility scooters are designed for pavement use and have a maximum speed of 4 mph. These scooters do not need to be registered with the DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency) and can be used by those aged 14 and above. Class 2 scooters are not allowed on roads except when crossing, and users must adhere to pedestrian rules.
Class 3 mobility scooters have a maximum speed of 8 mph and are suitable for road use. To use a Class 3 mobility scooter, individuals must be aged 14 or older. Unlike Class 2 scooters, Class 3 vehicles require registration with the DVLA, and users must follow road rules. These scooters also feature additional safety features such as lights, indicators, and a horn.
If your vehicle is not registered, register it by filling in: form V55/4 for new vehicles. form V55/5 for used vehicles.
Powerchairs are generally not subject to the same legal requirements as mobility scooters. However, users are expected to operate them responsibly and considerately. Both mobility scooters and powerchairs are not allowed on motorways and must adhere to specific guidelines to ensure safety and compliance with the law.
Contrary to popular belief, you do not need a driving license to have a mobility scooter, nor do you need to be insured, however GOV.uk states that you can only drive a mobility scooter or powered wheelchair if one of the following applies:
- you have trouble walking because of an injury, physical disability or medical condition
- you’re taking the vehicle to or from maintenance or repair
- you’re the manufacturer testing the vehicle
- you’re demonstrating the vehicle before it’s sold
- you’re training a disabled user
Different Types of Mobility Scooters
The most common type of scooter you may see around is a four-wheel scooter, however, there are fantastic 3-wheel options available. Three-wheelers can be a little nimbler when it comes to navigating, especially indoors, but of course, it all depends on how and where you want to use them.
Three wheel & folding (pavement use only)
A folding lightweight scooter can offer utmost independence as they can easily fit into the boot of a car, under a coach and can be taken on a plane (make sure adequate information is provided to the airline beforehand).
Four-wheel & lightweight (pavement use only)
Some four-wheel scooters, although not folding, can dismantle into two or five pieces so they fit comfortably into a car boot.
Four-wheel on road
On road scooters tend to look a lot bulkier than the smaller, pavement scooters as they offer more protection and a more powerful motor as they have a top speed of 8mph.
We at Ability Superstore offer a wide range of mobility scooters and powerchairs in all varying sizes and features. Here’s some of our most popular ones:
Scout 4 Wheel Scooter
A perfect example of a 4-wheel scooter, the Scout 4 Wheel Scooter is our best-selling model. Don’t let its affordable price fool you, the contemporary design of this scooter has several top specifications, including delta bars and a drive splitting mechanism.
This makes the mobility scooter ideal for those with hand difficulties, as it allows you to use your fingers to handle the accelerator, whilst still giving you full steering control.
When fully charged, the mobility scooter has an impressive range of 16.1 km (10 miles) – perfect for popping to the shops and back.
Sport Rider Scooter
Taking design inspiration from classic Harley Davidson motorcycles, the Sport Rider Scooter is sure to turn heads. For those who want a change of pace from the traditional models, this 3-wheeled chopper is a perfect alternative.
Featuring a front headlight, curved handlebars, and chrome mudguards, it’s easy to mistake it for the real thing.
In the rare event of a breakdown, the fully auto, easy to use "Self-Diagnostic" system gives this stylish scooter a modern advantage that automatically detects faults.
This model is famously ridden by a local legend Geoff Dickson, referred to as Wells' Angel!
Royale Sport Scooter
Our most high-end top of the range model we stock is the innovative and sleek Royale Sport Scooter. Suitable for on-road use, the built in canopy roof shields you from the elements, ensuring a comfortable ride.
You don’t need to worry about going uphill, as this has a highly powerful 1500W motor, and a built-in anti-roll back safety system.
The 12.9 km (8 mile) per hour speed can confidently take you up any slope and, when the included battery is fully charged, can travel a huge distance of 59.5 km (37 miles).
Made with a stylish carbon fibre construction, the Airfold Powerchair is one of the lightest on the market, weighing only 15.8 kg (34.8 lbs) without batteries.
The compact and lightweight design mean it’s much easier to carry and lift into a car boot, or to store away when home.
There’s also an integral grab handle to help you carry the mobility scooter, making it the ultimate choice in portability.
Heavy Duty S-Drive Dual Wheel Powerstroll
If you have an existing wheelchair, this Heavy Duty S-Drive Dual Wheel Powerstroll is a cost-effective way of converting it into a motorised wheelchair.
This is the heavy-duty Powerstroll model, capable of supporting heavier weight wheelchairs with ease without compromising power. The Heavy Duty S-Drive Dual Wheel Powerstroll is capable of speeds of up to 4 mph depending on the surface or terrain that the wheelchair is travelling on.
This accessory allows for motorised travel up to ten miles on a full battery charge (depending on conditions of use).
Get in Touch
And that’s everything you need to know about our wide range of mobility scooters and powerchairs! They’re known to last 5 years with average use and maintenance, so you’re sure to have a quality product for years to come.
If you have any questions about any of the products featured in this article, please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly customer service team. We will be more than happy to help!