Are Mobility Scooters Road Legal?
You do not need a license to drive a mobility scooter or powered wheelchair, but you may have to register it. Only certain types can be driven on the road.
The Government UK’s website outlines mobility scooters as follows:
Mobility scooters and powered wheelchairs come in 2 categories:
Class 2: these cannot be used on the road (except where there is not a pavement) and have a maximum speed of 4mph
Class 3: these can be used on the road and have a maximum speed of 4mph off the road and 8mph on the road
You do not need to register a class 2 mobility scooter.
You must register class 3 mobility scooters.
Driving a Mobility Scooter on Footpaths
You can use both class 2 and 3 mobility scooters on pavements at a maximum speed of 4 mph and never cycle-only paths. However you must ensure the scooter is not in the way of pedestrians, wheelchair users, or people using pushchairs and prams when parking your mobility scooter.
Driving a Mobility Scooter on Roads
You cannot drive class 3 mobility scooters on cycle-only lanes, bus lanes, or motorways but can drive them on all other roads. It’s not recommended to take them to dual carriageways with speed limits over 50mph for your own safety and other drivers.
How to Register a Class 3 Mobility Scooter In The UK
You do not have to pay vehicle tax for any mobility scooter or powered wheelchair if it’s registered as class 3.
Check whether it’s registered as a class 3 vehicle by asking the seller when you buy it.
You do not need insurance for a mobility scooter or powered wheelchair, although it’s recommended.