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In the UK, Mobility Scooters and Powerchairs come under ‘The Use of Invalid Carriages on Highways Regulations 1988’ as either Class II or Class III Invalid Carriages, the differences are as follow:
Class 2 - Mobility scooters and Powered wheelchairs only for use on pavements, that have a maximum speed of 4 mph - As like pedestrians, you are allowed to cross the road!
Class 3 - Mobility Scooters and Powered wheelchairs that are allowed to be used on the road. They have a maximum speed of 8mph, with a 4mph limiter switch for use on the pavement. They should be equipped with a Horn, Front and rear lights, indicators, hazard lights and a rear view mirror. They should also display a ‘Nil Value’ Tax Disc and be registered with the DVLA - Form V55/4 (new), or V55/5 (used vehicles)
Small Portable/ Travel Scooters - Class 2 Only
These are the smallest scooters available and nearly all of them breakdown very quickly and easily to be put into a vehicle. They are designed to be used indoors on flat surfaces, like supermarkets and shopping centres, however they can be used on pavements outdoors but can suffer from low ground clearance.
Medium Mobility Scooters - Class 2 & 3 variants
These are maybe the most versatile of the scooter sizes, they are great for the people who want to use the scooter more often and travel that little bit further. Some of them think they are portable scooters breaking down easily for transportation and others think they are larger scooters going up to 8 mph and being road legal!
Large Mobility Scooters - Class 2 & 3 variants
These are Biggest and most powerful scooters available, they are designed to go almost anywhere! Ideal for the real outdoors with full suspension giving a very comfortable ride over the most uneven ground.