Buying a mobility scooter

Content owner : Last updated : 26/02/13

Buying a mobility scooter can be a major investment, so it's important to do some research and make sure you get the one that's best for you.

Whether you buy new or second-hand is up to you, but always buy from a reputable supplier, as used scooters carry more risks of breaking down or needing parts.

Useful information including questions to ask yourself before buying:

Information about using a scooter on the road:

If you intend to use your scooter in your home you will need to make sure it fits without blocking escape routes, as they cannot be stored in communal areas.

Always get professional advice before buying a mobility scooter. This could mean getting an assessment and advice from your local occupational therapist or reputable dealer. Ask for a test drive!

Mobility scooters will give you more independence and will play an important part in your daily life. However, please consider your safety and the safety of other road users before buying a scooter.

Medical considerations

  • Check with your doctor to ensure that you are fit to use a scooter.
  • Strong medication can affect you, so always read the instructions carefully and ask your GP or pharmacist about any side effects that could affect your ability to drive your scooter.
  • If you have a disability that will restrict your movement - for example, looking behind you - then you will need to consider if a scooter will be suitable for you.
  • If you wear glasses or contact lenses, make sure you wear them every time you drive.

Storing, charging and maintaining your scooter

To protect the health and safety of all our tenants, mobility scooters must not be stored or charged in communal areas of flats. You must make sure that your scooter fits into your flat or that you can secure it outside.

Scooters should be maintained and serviced annually to make sure all the relevant parts are in good working order and that the battery is safe.

KNH's policy on mobility scooters:

Using your scooter

The following tips will help make sure you use your scooter safely.

  • If you are using a powered vehicle for the first time, or if it is a while since you have driven on the road, we strongly advise you to go on a training course. Details of courses:
  • Do not drive a mobility scooter if you have consumed alcohol or are impaired by the use of any drugs. It is unsafe and you could be prosecuted.
  • See and be seen! If you are using anything to protect you from the weather, make sure that it does not restrict your vision. Wear fluorescent and reflective materials and have fluorescent and reflective markings on your scooter, and put on your lights to help other road users see you.
  • Do not wear loose-fitting clothing, scarves or long coats, which can easily get caught in the wheels.
  • Mobility scooters are designed and constructed for the driver only. Do not put yourself or others in any danger by carrying passengers.
  • Mobile phones can be a distraction, so pull over and stop before using one.
  • Do not carry or lead a pet while you are on your scooter.
  • Do not overload your scooter with shopping or other goods as this can make the vehicle unstable. Bags hanging from the handlebars will also make the scooter more difficult to control.
  • Turn the scooter off after getting on and before getting off, otherwise controls can get knocked accidentally by your body or catch on clothing causing injury to yourself and other people and damage to property.
  • Do not lean forward or reach to put items into your scooter basket on the tiller, otherwise controls can get knocked accidentally by your body or catch on clothing causing injury to yourself and other people and damage to property.
  • Adjust the tiller so that it is not too close to your body, otherwise steering could be hindered, and controls could get knocked accidentally causing injury to yourself and other people and damage to property.
  • Always follow the Highway Code. Drive on the left-hand side and obey traffic lights and road signs.

Driving your scooter on the road:

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