Make sure your scooter abides by regulations

PUBLISHED: 13:35 14 September 2007 | UPDATED: 23:03 28 May 2010

IF you own a mechanically propelled scooter that is capable of exceeding 4mph. You need to register it with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). Under the Use of Invalid Carriages on the Highway Regulations, mobility scooters and wheelchairs ar

IF you own a mechanically propelled scooter that is capable of exceeding 4mph. You need to register it with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).

Under the Use of Invalid Carriages on the Highway Regulations, mobility scooters and wheelchairs are divided into three categories, but only vehicles in Class 3 need to be registered.

Class 1 covers manually propelled non electric wheelchairs.

Class 2 covers powered wheelchairs and scooters that are for footpath use only and have a maximum speed of 4mph.

Class 3 covers mechanically powered scooters that are capable of travelling at more than 4mph but have a maximum speed of 8mph for highway use.

If you want to use a Class 3 scooter on a footpath you need to have a device fitted to limit its speed to 4mph.

As well as being registered for road use a Class 3 scooter must be licensed in the disabled taxation class and you need to display a nil duty tax disc.

The correct registration forms can be found in your local DVLA office. For more information contact the Vehicle Enquiry Unit at the DVLA by calling 0870 240 0010 or visit www.dvla.gov.uk

B J YOULES

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