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Types of powered wheelchairs

A powered wheelchair, rather than a scooter, may be a more suitable product for you if you need to stay in your wheelchair throughout the day, have restricted mobility in one or both hands, require mobility assistance around the home or are unable to transfer on and off a seat easily.

Standard powered wheelchairs

These powered wheelchairs come fitted with standard seats and controls, although they will vary between individual models. Many models will fold or dismantle to allow you to transport them in a car.


  • Some adaptations cannot be added to these wheelchairs
  • These wheelchairs are available through all of the Motability powered wheelchair dealer network.

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Complex powered wheelchairs

These are standard powered wheelchairs that have had a number of adaptations or accessories fitted to them to better meet your needs and to make mobility easier for your specific disability.

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Custom-built powered wheelchairs

Whatever your requirements and wherever you live in the UK our dealers can tailor a powered wheelchair to suit your specific needs. Custom-built powered wheelchairs are built with various adaptations and modifications. They use advanced technology so even if you have very limited movement it is likely that you’ll find a suitable product. If you believe you need a custom solution, please contact your nearest dealer.

Optional extras

As part of the lease package for a new powered wheelchair or scooter, we include a weather-proof storage cover for when your product is not being used. If you already have a suitable storage cover to protect it from bad weather, then you can choose an alternative accessory from your dealer, up to the value of £35.

Many of the models also come with a storage basket. There are also other accessories available at extra cost including storage units, ramps, crutch and cup holders. Your dealer will be able to advise you on whether any additional accessories would be helpful for you.

Adaptations and accessories

Generally, scooters and powered wheelchairs comes as standard from the manufacturer. In some cases, however, you might feel that a modification or adaptation is necessary to make it easier to use. These may include modifications such as a crutch holder or horn, as well as a modification to prevent the scooter exceeding a certain speed. Powered wheelchairs can also be adapted to meet invidivual needs where necessary.

To ensure your product and any modifications are fully covered by your insurance policy, you will need to notify us. Once we have approved the adaptation or modification, you will then need to contact RSA Motability (RSAM) on 0800 294 0790

Any changes to the standard product that makes it unsafe to use or that we are not aware of could invalidate your insurance. We may ask you to remove the adaptations and return the product to its original specification at the end of your lease, at your own cost. 

Department for Transport classifications

  • All scooters and powered wheelchairs are given a classification by the Department for Transport
  • Class 2 products can only be used on the pavement and have a maximum speed of 4mph. Recipients aged under 14 are restricted to Class 2 products only.
  • Class 3 products must be registered with the DVLA - your Motability Scheme dealer will take care of this for you. They can travel up to 8mph, although must only be driven at 4mph on pavements.

A large number of powered wheelchairs are Class 3 products. Be sure to check with your Motability Scheme dealer that they have registered your powered wheelchair prior to handover.