Mobility scooters and buggies may be a good means to enable you to remain independent, giving you the ability to visit the shops, family and friends whenever you wish.
However, rushing into buying a scooter may turn out to be a very expensive mistake. You need to consider first which scooter best suits your requirements and also which retailer to buy from.
Mobility scooters and buggies are split into two main classes:
Class 2 mobility scooters or buggies can travel up to 4mph on pavements and are allowed on roads to cross them.1-3
Class 3 mobility scooters tend to be larger, have lights and can be used on the road and travel up to 8mph. 2
If you have difficulties or a medical condition that may affect safe driving, it is advisable to consult a health professional to decide if a scooter is suitable.5
The Department for Transport has issued a guidance document for scooter users Mobility scooters and powered wheelchairs on the road - some guidance for users
If you are using a powered mobility scooter or buggy for the first time, or if it is a while since you have driven on the road, it is advisable to get some training. For details, contact your local Disabled Living Centre, Mobility Centre or your local authority's Road Safety Unit, or contact the Department of Transport
Always go to an approved supplier. Please contact BHTA for advice if you are in doubt about a supplier.
It is important to check that a scooter suits you and your home environment before buying. For example, where are you going to store it?
Many Disabled Living Centres around the country have a range of mobility scooters or buggies that you can try, and some of the manufacturers or suppliers offer a home demonstration service, so that you can make sure that your choice is right. This is particularly useful if you plan to use your scooter indoors.
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