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

National support for hearing loss

There are a number of national hearing loss organisations, to whom you can turn for a variety of information and support services:

Action on Hearing Loss (formerly RNID)
Largest UK charity supporting people with hearing loss and tinnitus.

British Deaf Association
Deaf-led charity for Deaf sign language users.

DeafBlind UK
Deafblind UK is a membership organisation of and governed by, people who have both a sight and hearing loss.

Deaf Sign
Resource for issues related to deafness and sign language.

Deafax Trust
Deafax offers specialist visual and interactive deaf-friendly training and resources.

Advice, support and guidance for deaf and visually impaired people.

Social enterprise representing Sign Language communication for both Deaf and Hearing people.

Disability and deaf awareness training.

National Deaf Children’s Society
Support and information for families of deaf children and young people.

Sense is a national disability charity that supports people with complex communication needs to be understood, connected and valued.

Support For Visually Impaired People

There are a number of national visual impairment organisations, to whom you can turn for a variety of information and support services:

Deafblind UK
Collection of information and resources for deafblind people.

Guide Dogs (formerly Guide Dogs for the Blind Association)
Mobility and freedom to blind and partially sighted people.

Listening Books
Audiobooks for people who cannot read due to illness or impairment.

Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)
Improving access for disabled people to the environments and services they use.

Sense – The National Deafblind and Rubella Association
National voluntary organisation working with and supporting people who are deafblind or have associated impairments.

Official Disability Statistics

“Where can I find official statistics on disability?” We often hear this question asked by a wide range of people, from local politicians through to disabled people themselves.

  • There are over 11 million people with a limiting long term illness, impairment or disability 1.
  • The most commonly-reported impairments are those that affect mobility, lifting or carrying 2.
  • The prevalence of disability rises with age. Around 6% of children are disabled, compared to 16% of working age adults and 45% of adults over State Pension age.

To read these and more “official” government statistics on disability, visit the website

Disability – National Survey Insights

The Family Resources Survey (FRS) is a continuous household survey, run by the government, which collects information on a representative sample of private households in the United Kingdom.

Detailed information is recorded on respondents’ income from all sources; housing tenure; caring needs and responsibilities; disability; expenditure on housing; education; pension scheme participation; childcare; family circumstances; child maintenance.

This report summarises key findings from the FRS for the 2015/16 financial year when over 19,000 households were interviewed.

Read the Survey Results

A couple of snippets from the survey might interest you:

“Twenty-one per cent (13.3 million) of people reported a disability in 2015/16,
an increase from 19 per cent (11.9 million) in 2013/14. Most of the change
over the two years came from an increase in working-age adults reporting a
disability (16 to 18 per cent).”

“Sixty-eight per cent of State Pension age adults reported a mobility impairment compared to 21 per cent of children. Working-age adults were most likely to report mental health impairments: 32 per cent of disabled working age adults reported a mental health impairment compared to 9 per cent of those over State Pension age. Children were much more likely to report learning or social/behavioural impairments than adults. Thirty-six per cent of disabled children reported a learning impairment and 42 per cent reported a social/behavioural impairment.”

Did London 2012 Change Perceptions?

The disability charity, Scope, asked whether attitudes to disabled people changed since the London Paralympics? Here are their findings:

A year on from the Game in 2013, 70 per cent of disabled people through the coverage of the Paralympic Games had a positive effect on public perceptions.

Source: Scope survey (2013)

But, two years on from London 2012 nearly half (43%) of the British public don’t know anyone who is disabled and the majority (67%) feel awkward around disability.

Source: Scope (2014) ‘Current Attitudes to Disabled People’

Getting help with mental health

Good mental health is so important all year round. If you’re struggling, please make today the day you ask for help.

Where can you get support locally?

  • Healthy Minds offer a range of services to help you find what works for you to improve and maintain your emotional health and wellbeing. They can help whether or not you have a mental health diagnosis, or have been involved with other mental health services
  • Andy’s Man Club offer talking groups for men every Monday at 7pm in Hebden Bridge and Halifax. There no referral, no waiting lists… you just turn up and have a brew and a listen and if you want to talk to you!
  • The Samaritans offer a free, confidential service, 24 hours a day, on 116 123.
  • If you’re worried about money, Calderdale Credit Union helps people manage their finances, and the charity Step Change gives free debt advice.
  • Staying Well – our team can work with any adult in Calderdale from 18 years and over to access social activities and health and wellbeing services in the community. Call us on 01422 392767
  • Family Support Teams – Being a parent isn’t always easy. Sure Start Children’s Centres offer practical friendly advice and support to help you manage through those difficult times of family life. Lower Valley 01422 262 181. Central Halifax 01422 342 552. Upper Valley 01706 399 980. North and East Halifax 01422 251090.

Disabled Living Newsletter & National Event

Please find links below to Disabled Living’s latest Newsletter published in January 2019 and details of their Kidz to Adultz Middle event, below:

Disabled Living newsletter

Kidz to Adultz Middle

Thursday 21st March 2019
9.30am – 4.30pm

Ericsson Exhibition Hall
Ricoh Arena




One of the largest, FREE UK exhibitions dedicated to children and young adults up to 25 years with disabilities and additional needs, their families, carers and the professionals who support them.

120+ Exhibitors offering advice and information on:-

  • Funding
  • Mobility
  • Seating
  • Beds
  • Communication
  • Access
  • Accessible vehicles

Calderdale Council’s Budget Consultation

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet’s latest budget proposals are now available for consultation. The publication of the draft proposals mark the start of a 28 day public consultation.

The Cabinet is required to make further savings of £900,000 to achieve a balanced budget in 2019/20 on top of those which have been agreed by Council in previous years.  It is anticipated that savings of £6.7million will be required in 2020/21 and £7.6million in 2021/22.

The budget proposals are available to view here.
All responses will be considered before the final recommendations are made by Cabinet on Monday 11 February 2019.

In addition to online consultations, there will be drop-in sessions at:


Thursday 24 January 15.00-19.00

Todmorden Town Hall Courtroom, Bridge Street, Todmorden, OL14 5AQ


Monday 28 January 14.00-18.00

Brighouse Library, Halifax Rd, Brighouse HD6 2AF


Tuesday 5 February 12.00 – 18.00

Halifax Town Hall, Crossley Street, HX1 1UJ

The future spending plans of the Government along with a comprehensive review of how councils are financed are due to be announced later this year.  This uncertainty means that this year’s Cabinet budget proposals cover only the spending and savings decisions required in 2019/20 for which funding levels are known.

A major public consultation about the future structure and management of the Council will be held later this year, which will guide future budget proposals in subsequent years once there is greater certainty about government funding levels.

To help the Council maintain essential local services, the financial plan for 2019/20 retains the 2.99% rise in Council Tax rates agreed during last year’s budget process.
The proposals address some of the services within the Council which are facing the biggest financial pressures:

• Additional Council money  has been allocated to cover rising demand and costs in Adult’s  and Children’s Social Care on top of £2.5m of extra Government funding.
• Additional provision of £500k to help with winter maintenance/gritting costs has also been made should it be required to help protect road users and maintain other services during wintry conditions.
• To reduce poverty and inequality the Cabinet is proposing to continue its commitment to pay social care providers an additional £1.3 million in 2019/20 to raise staff pay, improve training and terms and conditions.
To help fund the additional savings, the Cabinet budget report proposes that in 2019/20 the Council will:
• Operate more commercially to maximise income and resources by making the most use out of capital funding, achieving more planning fee income from increased house building, selling surplus assets, reducing the money paid to West Yorkshire Combined Authority and changing Council Tax exemptions.
• Provide services more efficiently, making greater use of technology and equipment (especially in Adults’ Social Care) and explore ways of reducing costs by delivering some activities in different ways.
• Work more efficiently at lower cost in areas providing back-office support (including reviewing staff travel arrangements) and streamlining how the Council itself operates on a democratic level.



The next Disability Partnership Calderdale Open Main Meeting will be held on Tuesday 29 January 2019 from 5.30 pm to 7.45 pm at the Kings Centre, Park Road, Halifax (Buffet refreshments will be available from 5 pm).

There will be a number of updates and presentations and including:

  • A project we are launching with Phoenix Radio
  • Accessible Calderdale updates
  • Presentation and consultation from 3ways centre of what you feel a Accessible gym / activity program should look like.
  • Reaching Communities application; Announcement.

About our Open Meetings

At our meetings, we engage with service providers and commissioners, mainly in local authority, health and transport sectors. The aim is to identify barriers faced by disabled people and improve service design and delivery so that disabled people have better access, experiences, improved wellbeing and quality of life. By involving significant numbers of disabled people, we can have a big impact on decision makers. By using this model, disabled people have a voice, are listened to, are empowered and can influence policy and service delivery.

We are the organisation set up and ready for consultation and involvement on issues that affect disabled people in Calderdale. We are respected by the local CCG, hospital trust and leading Calderdale Council officers and Councillors, Our meetings are often attended by the Cabinet member for Adults Health and Social Care and by the Director. We are the organisation set up and ready for consultation and involvement on issues that affect disabled people in Calderdale.

Venue: About the King’s Centre where we hold our open meetings

To ensure that our meetings are inclusive and accessible to all, we always use an accessible venue. The King’s Centre is spacious and very clean. It has ramped access to wide double doors (not automatic) into the large foyer area leading to the main hall. There are spacious and very clean accessible toilet and kitchen facilities. The King’s Centre is excellently managed by people who really understand what accessibility and inclusion is all about.

The Kings Church
3 Park Rd,

Parking is available on Park Road. There are two disabled bays outside the King’s Centre. Also blue badge holders can park for unlimited time on the street. Drivers who are not blue badge holders are limited to two hours before six pm and unlimited time after six. More info on finding the King’s Centre can be found on their own website.

Accessibility At Our Open meetings

To enable everyone to be included and to be able to participate at our meetings, we have the following access arrangements:

A technician operates a PA system. This has powerful radio microphones which are handed to any person (audience or presenters) who is speaking at the meeting. This enables people to hear what is said. The system is connected to the hearing induction loop system for the benefit of people who use hearing aids. There are two large screens where slides can be projected. Two Sign Language Interpreters are present at meetings to ensure that Deaf sign language users can understand proceedings and make their contribution to discussions by the interpreter ‘voicing over’ the sign language they use. We have a ‘speech to text’ (Palantype) operater. This highly trained professional person makes sure that everything that is spoken appears as text on the screens. This assists people who are deaf but are not sign language users.
We provide a refreshment buffet because our open meetings are usually held at tea time between 5pm and 7.45pm.

We reimburse the cost our members’ car mileage, public transport and taxi fares. For many disabled people, the cost of accessible and convenient transport may be a real barrier to attending and participating in meetings. Which is why the DPC reimburse transport costs.