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Driving guidance for mobility scooter users

A mobility scooter can provide you with the independence to carry out your day-to-day tasks. Some are allowed to travel solely on pavements and footpaths while others are suitable for driving on-road. You'll need to be aware of a few things before you set out in your scooter.

If you're considering buying a mobility scooter to help you get out and about, then you'll need to think about where you're likely to travel in your scooter. Here we provide a summary of the rules around driving a mobility vehicle and where you're allowed (and not allowed!) to travel. You can read the regulations in full by visiting the Gov.UK website.

Class 2 mobility scooters

Class 2 scooters are designed to be used on pavements and footpaths. They have a maximum speed limit of 4mph.

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  • You should give pedestrians priority and show consideration for other pavement users.
  • You must not travel faster than 4mph in pedestrian areas.
  • Take care when moving off the pavement onto the road - always try to use a dropped kerb.
  • If you have to climb or descend a kerb, approach it at a right angle.
  • Where there is no pavement, travel in the direction of traffic and be aware of other road users around you.

Class 3 mobility scooters

Class 3 scooters are designed to travel on both pavements and roads. They have a maximum speed limit of 8mph on roads and 4mph on pavements.

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  • You don't need a driving license to drive a Class 3 mobility vehicle.
  • You're not required to pay vehicle tax but your vehicle must be registered by completing a V55/4 form for new vehicles or V55/5 for used vehicles. More information can be found at
  • You must be at least 14 years old to drive a Class 3 scooter or wheelchair.
  • If you have to climb or descend a kerb, approach it at a right angle.
  • Class 3 mobility vehicles are restricted from travelling in bus lanes and cycle-only lanes.

For more information on mobility scooters, read our mobility scooter buying guide.


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