A mobility scooter is probably the right choice for you if you can travel relatively independently, get on and off the scooter on your own, and are able to use steering column or tiller. Disability scooters usually come in three different sizes – small, medium and large, you must make sure that you choose the right mobility scooter for you needs
Light and easy to transport, these scooters usually dismantle into a few parts to allow you to stow it in a car boot. You must make sure the small scooter fits in your care and that you can lift each part of the scooter in the car, The other option is a hoist which will lift the scooter in and out of the care with the push of a button
They are not as easy to fold or dismantle so may be more difficult to transport in a car. Speak to your dealer to find out which models you can dismantle. A Class 3 medium scooter can be used on the road if they are taxed.
Department for Transport classifications
(Class 2 and Class 3)
• Class 2 products can only be used on the pavement and have a maximum speed of 4mph. Recipients aged under 14 are restricted to Class 2 products only.
• Class 3 products must be registered with the DVLA and require road tax – your Motability dealer will take care of this for you. They can travel up to 8mph, although must only be driven at 4mph on pavements.
An important consideration when considering a mobility scooter is how stable is your medical condition. Unlike many power chairs, which can be adjusted and re-configured with changes in your physical status, scooters are not nearly as flexible. You will need to be able to use the tiller to steer (you can not change the drive controller). Changing seating options, if your sitting balance is poor, is much more limited in a scooter than compared to a powerchair.