Need to knows for driving a mobility scooter
1. Can mobility scooters be used on dual carriageways?
Yes, mobility scooters can be used on all dual carriageways. However, government guidance dictates that you should avoid driving your scooter on a dual carriageway with a speed limit of more than 50mph. If you do go on a dual carriageway with a speed limit that exceeds 50mph, you must have an amber flashing light.
In fact, as a general rule, a flashing amber light should be fitted and activated whenever you use a mobility scooter on a dual carriageway.
2. What is the mobility scooter speed limit?
Mobility scooters have a speed limit of 8mph when used on UK public roads. When on pavements and in pedestrian areas, the speed limit is 4mph.
3. Can mobility scooters be driven in cycle lanes?
No, mobility scooters must not enter or be driven cycle lanes in the UK. This is contrary to some other European nations, like The Netherlands, where mobility scooter users are free to roam inside cycle lanes.
4. Can mobility scooters be used in bus lanes?
No, mobility scooters are not permitted to use bus lanes when they are in operation. You must use the main part of the road, or the pavement. This is because bus lanes are designed to improve the timeliness and efficiency of the bus service, and a slower moving vehicle in the bus lane can slow down buses unnecessarily.
5. Does a mobility scooter need lights and reflectors?
Class 3 mobility scooters used in public places such as roads and town centres must have lights and reflectors fitted to the front and rear of the vehicle. If you don't equip your scooter with these features and you are out at night, you may get stopped by the police.
6. Are mobility scooters allowed on the pavement?
Yes, mobility scooters such as pavement mobility scooters are allowed on pavements providing they do not exceed the 4mph speed limit. Care should be taken to avoid collisions with pedestrians and you should drive your scooter in a responsible manner at all times.