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Mobility scooters without the Motability Scheme

If you only go on short journeys or have a good public transport network, you may decide to buy a mobility scooter when you leave the Motability Scheme.

Getting around on a mobility scooter

Mobility scooters can be anything from small, portable models for use in places like shopping centres to large models fully enclosed with a weatherproof cover.

Most scooters have a maximum speed of either 4mph or 8mph. The distance they can cover with a fully charged battery depends on many factors, including:

  • the weight of the user
  • gradients on the route used
  • the age of the battery
  • the temperature

Registering your scooter

Scooters that go up to 8mph need to be registered for road use, taxed and licensed in the ‘disabled’ taxation class. They don’t need to display registration plates.

To register and license a Class 3 vehicle, complete form V55/5 (for used vehicles) or V55/4 (for new vehicles). You can get forms from the DVLA’s online ordering serviceOpens in new window . Completed forms should be sent to DVLA Swansea, SA99 1BE. Class 3 mobility scooters can’t be licensed online or at a Post Office.

Taking your scooter on a bus

There are permit schemes for transporting scooters on low-floor buses. These are run:

  • across the UK by the Confederation for Passenger Transport (CPT)
  • in London by Transport for London (TfL)

If your bus company has signed up to the CPT scheme, they’ll issue you with a credit-card sized permit. You can show this to the driver to confirm that you’re allowed to travel with your mobility scooter.

Your scooter will have to meet criteria of size and weight. You may be assessed in safe use of your scooter on the bus.

Find a list of participating bus companies and a database of suitable scooter models in the scooters section of the Rica websiteOpens in new window .

Finding the right scooter

Disability Rights UK have put together a guide called ‘Get Mobile’Opens in new window which takes you through all the things you need to think about when buying a scooter:

  • tips on finding the right product for you
  • the operating costs that you should think about.
  • the different types of insurance cover available (while insurance is not a legal requirement, it is highly recommended)

Download the ‘Get Mobile’Opens in new window guide or request a copy by calling 020 7250 8181.

Driving Mobility can also offer advice on choosing a scooter. There is generally a charge for this service. Find your nearest Driving Mobility CentreOpens in new window .

Motability Scheme scooter dealers will be able to provide some helpful advice, even if you are no longer able to lease through the Motability Scheme. Find a scooter dealer with our online tool.

Click here Will download a resource(PDF 973KB) for the full Staying mobile guide for scooters.