What are mobility scooters?

Mobility Scooters are defined as an ‘invalid carriage’ under the Use of Invalid Carriages on the Highways Regulations 1988 and have three categories:

Class 1 Vehicles: Manually operated wheelchairs that are not electrically powered.    For the purpose of this policy, Class 1 vehicles are excluded.

Class 2 Vehicles: Powered wheelchairs and mobility scooters for pedestrian routes and indoor use, that are limited to a maximum speed of 4mph and do not exceed an unladen weight of 113.4kg.

Class 2 vehicles are not allowed on the public highway and are not required to be registered with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).

Class 3 Vehicles: Powered vehicles and mobility scooters that are designed to:

Travel up to 8mph and are used on roads/highways and;

Fitted with a device to restrict travel to a maximum speed of 4mph on pedestrian routes and for indoor use.

Class 3 vehicles must not exceed an unladen weight of 150kg.    

Class 3 vehicles are not classed as motor vehicles but they are required to be licensed with the DVLA for road use and cannot be operated by anyone below the age of 14.

What is Housing 21’s approach towards the use and storage of mobility scooters?

H21 recognises that residents have a right to purchase mobility scooters and that the use of these can enhance independence.  While residents do not need to seek permission from H21 to own or purchase a scooter, they do need to advise H21 of this to ensure the scooter is stored responsibly and in line with the requirements of this policy.

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