Mobility scooters and powered wheelchairs: the rules

Mobility scooters and powered wheelchairs come in 2 categories:

  • ‘class 2 invalid carriages’ – these cannot be used on the road (except where there is not a pavement) and have a maximum speed of 4mph
  • ‘class 3 invalid carriages’ – 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 invalid carriage.

You must register class 3 invalid carriages.

You must be 14 or over to drive a class 3 invalid carriage.

Here is the government’s official information for users:

  1. Rules for class 3 invalid carriages
  2. Driving on the road
  3. Driving on footpaths and parking
  4. Eyesight requirements
  5. Who can use them
  6. Vehicle tax, registration and insurance